WeChat: Social Network and Smart City

  • Jing Zhang Complutense University, Spain
  • Cristobal Fernandez Muñoz Complutense University, Spain
  • Liisa Irene Hänninen Complutense University, Spain
Keywords: social network, WeChat, smart society, technical innovation


The work focuses on the study of WeChat (main social network in China) and its digital activity for its advanced functionalities which build intelligent society in China. The importance of this platform lies in the prohibition of Western social networks in China.  For 7 years,  WeChat has evolved as a “super social network”, from an instant messaging application to a hybrid including application, marketplace, payment method and operating systemz, as an integrated means rather than just social network. In today's western world, almost no network can be compared with WeChat in terms of its functionalities. It is a good example of promotion and development of the intelligent society because of its advanced functionalities. The new usage and the rapid expansion of its integrated functionality and impacts form the new communication consumption framework in China. This work shows how an intelligent society changes and develops through a social network, and detailed analysis of advanced technology and social network of WeChat to give a good example to Westren countries which want to build intelligent society.


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