2016 was the year of live streaming and it played a crucial role in driving growth. All of the top 6 social apps, except WeChat, have added live streaming services, according to the report jointly published by Cheetah Global Lab, Cheetah’s big data platform libra and 36kr.

As WeChat is maturing as a user acquisition platform, we’ve introduced some other Chinese social apps that startups can use for growth hacking, such as Weibo, Momo, Baidu Tieba, and Zhihu, which also appear on the top ranking.

Sina’s Weibo was said to be declining as a social app, however, it topped the list again last year, as the company devoted itself to short video and live-streaming.

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Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com