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Let’s talk about BCH WeChat groups. I did my research and found out that there are three main BCH WeChat groups, BCH蜂群 BCH社区2, BCH 社区3. I found this surprising because I always assumed that crypto talk was censored on WeChat but that doesn't seem to be the case. Anyway, I’ve explained to the WeChat admin that I’m trying to improve the communication between the English and Mandarin BCH community and will be cross posting important BCH materials that have been translated into Chinese from the Twitter/reddit/telegram-verse.
I’ve listed three common topics I've seen in the three BCH WeChat groups after having joined them for about two weeks now.
- Price forecasting talks centered around the halving
- Debates on global oil and gas global price wars
- Coronavirus talk
Of the 3 groups, (BCH蜂群) is the most active. After joining the BCH WeChat group, I brought up the Bitcoin ABC fundraiser document that was translated into Simplified Mandarin to the group as well.
On the topic of cross posting, I posted Bitcoin ABC Mandarin fundraiser article and Flipstarters Mandarin read.cash article on Weibo, with hashtags (比特币, BCH). I will continue to do this if I see more content on Twitter/Telegram/Reddit like this and would encourage other English speaking BCH businesses that want to reach the Chinese speaking audience do the same. Interestingly, Jiang Zhuoer recently posted a Mandarin article on AnyHedge on Weibo, and I sent snapshots of the article to emergent reasons.
The way WeChat is structured is that there is a 500 person limit to each WeChat group, so Telegram is more scalable from both a BCH business and community standpoint. If I were an English BCH business and I wanted to get my message out to the BCH Mandarin community, I would post my materials on WeChat groups and Weibo. This would be akin to posting on Telegram and Twitter.
However, if I were a BCH English business trying to build Mandarin community, I would still use Telegram but structure it like the Wikipedia zh telegram which has about 12500 members at the time of writing this post. The only drawback to using Telegram to build a Chinese community is that native Mandarin speakers cannot change the settings on their telegram app to Mandarin. Then, I would build a community on Weibo the way same way I would on Twitter.
First off when you join the (BCH蜂群), there is a notice on the group description that clearly states they don’t accept any personnel that support CSW. Also, troll stickers are commonly used throughout the WeChat communities. WeChat stickers are very popular in the same way telegram stickers are. I’ve listed a popular troll sticker below.
It says, "I predict that today's markets will either rise or fall. Obviously, we cannot rule out the possibility of a sideway market.”
Like the Coinspice and BCHGang telegram chats, there is quite a decent amount of trolling and shitposting in the WeChat community as well, I don’t know why I expected any different from fellow Bitcoin Cashers, even if they speak a different language.
Anyway, that's it for week this week. Till next week.
Special thanks to Stanley of Bitkan, Kirk and Chloe of Bitcoin.com and Dave Shin of Tezos for assisting with this article.
Have any thoughts on telegram vs WeChat, post comments below. Also, if you have any documents that you want translated into mandarin, I have a team that can handle your translations! BCH is accepted as payment. Private Message @marcelchuo on twitter or telegram for more details.