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  • A Joke? Have you ever met “Wechat Threat”?

    Post by : expatree
Similar to WhatsApp, LINE and Facebook, Wechat in China connects people to make easier online communication through a big social networking. To our surprised, recently a Chinese university student, with a “creative” idea, tried to threaten a food shop owner by taking advantage of wechat group. The story seems dramatic,
-    A student claimed via wechat he has more than 10 university wechat groups, means 5000 people in total, not limited to this, 2500 of 2750 his wechat friends are studying  or working in university. By taking advantage of numerous “relationship”, he proposed to send an advertising in these groups, and pushed shop owner to pay 3000 RMB for this promotion service.

Image: Student claimed he has amounts of connections in wechat
-    Not getting an immediate “positive” response from shop owner, this student started a verbal threat and requested a clear “Yes or No” reply before 6pm.

Image: Student requested “Yes or No” reply before 6pm then felt angry without any response

-    After 6pm shop owner rejected this deal, making student felt “lose face” and then he posted a “bad comment” about the food shop in his wechat friends group, entirely by the desire for revenge.

Image: Student intended to post bad comments after shop owner rejected his request

-    Fake “bad comment” posting made shop owner angry and this abuse was soon reported to university and public media. 

Image: Fake “bad comments” were posted by this student in wechat friend group

Until news release in the media, this student had been summoned by university, shop owner didn’t intent to sue for defamation however she asked for a formal public apology.

Except legal and moral issues, most of public opinion comments it was a “naive” business idea, in opposite a few people encourage this. Actually it reflects a more or less social phenomenon behind this story, so called “bubble relationship” in China, this deeply comes from “social anxiety”, which produces many negative influences on personal growth. There are quite common “extreme sociable” wechat cases  we could discover nowadays, that maybe happened in your life already,

-    Be keen on adding others into personal wechat friends networking 
-    Create wechat groups as many as possible
-    Frequently do wechat group exchange in order to get new account list
-    Send blessing message to all “relationship” on every festival or holiday, however the “message” form is always in a fixed template without any personalized content, which copied from internet
-     “Instinctive” to mention and prove he “know” an important figure rather than he “can” via wechat chat

Guanxi (Chinese: 关系) describes the basic dynamic in personalized networks of influence (which can be best described as the relationships individuals cultivate with other individuals) and is a central idea in Chinese society. In Western media, the pinyin romanization of this Chinese word is becoming more widely used instead of the two common translations of it—"connections" and "relationships"—as neither of those terms sufficiently reflects the wide cultural implications that guanxi describes.” From wikipedia

Back to 10 years ago, Guanxi in China is an extreme strong value-added bargain in business or private deal. Opposite to this, amounts of “fake Guanxi” are produced at this moment and make hidden value much cheaper, because the way of connection becomes simple, no restricted place and time, just through end to end online communication even you never know how your friend’s face looks like. “Zombie friend” is a common phenomenon in wechat, that means online connection seems alive but actually not, for example your added wechat friend had blocked or deleted your contact somehow which you had not realized this yet. The definition of “Guanxi” has no change but we have to reconsider “how to manage Guanxi” or “how to make Guanxi more valuable”, there are some useful tips in China,

-    “KNOW” is not equivalent to “HELPFUL”, no matter how many famous people you talk, if they cannot give a hand at “right” time, that means nothing at all.

-    When you are no longer of use to others, your “Guanxi” is down. This sounds a harsh realities of life but that’s true. Level up your personal “value” such as getting a new skill, building up a better emotional intelligence etc. is a priority.

-    A successful “Pitch” introduction is important. “Make a friend” is not a good conversation startup.

-    Good “Guanxi”, in another word, it’s better to have a deep communication, for example talk in person more than 1 hour, no more than 4 persons group talk and have a private topic talk but not limited to business only.

-    “Guanxi” is a kind of “face” investment rather than consuming product. Similar to stock investment, it always keeps stock to approach higher value as much as possible and sell this at the highest price.  

-    Do not forget to learn and help each other, especially for your peers, colleagues and subordinates. Sometimes a help from a “right” person is more useful than a famous guy.
-    Everyone has a limited close networking, a reasonable “Guanxi Topology” is recommended. Friends, colleagues, subordinates, boss and industry opinion leader, these people contribute to your networking of daily life in all aspects.

The story of “Wechat Threat” becomes a joke, but it recalls us to think about the natural form of human relationship, connections or saying “Guanxi” when we enjoy the benefits of technology. What do you think of this? 
Date:2017-06-13 16:54:16
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