QQ.COM is a popular instant messaging software service used in China. It also includes many other integrated service like voice chat, microblogging, shopping, music and online social games. The community of students using QQ.com has considerably grown in the past few years and as of March 2013 the number of registered accounts was estimated to be 798.2 million. On a busy day, there can be as many as 176.4 million users simultaneously online.
QQ.com; the best Chinese social service
The first version of QQ.com was released in 1999. The original name at the time was OICQ (“Open ICQ”, a reference to the early IM service ICQ). The reason why the name changed to QQ was that the company ended up been sued by AOL who was claiming that there was a trademark infringement. The software still kept its existing function similar to that of AOL’s ICQ. Then additional features like changing the skin and adding people’s image started coming in.
The evolution of QQ.com is what brought the chat room, the social games, the dating service and the online storage. The software is mainly designed for Windows but there is a beta version for those on Mac. QQ.com has now turned into a success story in China and most students in the country use it.