I’m QQ: QQ Speaks English Now

When we are talking about China’s Internet companies, we will definitely talk Tencent, whose IM software QQ is the most popular IM software in China. At the time I’m writing this post, QQ has over 45m concurrent users online. Based on its QQ software, Tencent generated revenue of USD297 million in the quarter ended on Sept 30 2008.

But it is not easy for a foreigner to understand this China’s Internet phenomenon, partly because QQ’s software is all in Chinese. Now Tencent quietly launched an International website I’mQQ.com, which enables you to download an English version QQ and register a QQ id. If you are an iPhone user, you can also try QQ for iPhone. But for Mac or Linux users, QQ for Mac and QQ for Linux haven’t provide English version now.

Actually, it’s not the first time for Tencent to start its internationalization. For example, in 2007, QQ Game partnered with AIM, in early 2008, Tencent invested in an online game operator Outspark.

(tip by Thijs Terlouw)