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  • Chinese Gen Yers are happy to leave a message after the tone
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Tings: speaking up on China’s anonymous social network

Sending voice messages via WeChat and QQ has taken off in China as people look to save time typing and better communicate their emotions with friends and family. Anonymous platform Tings is hoping to connect people around the world through this purest form of expression.

Location China

With the aim of freeing users of anxieties around identity, Tings is an anonymous social network that provides an outlet to express people’s deepest feelings. Launched in May 2015, Tings – or Ting Shuo in Chinese, meaning ‘hearsay’ – has already gained 16,000 members worldwide despite the absence of a marketing push. What’s made the word-of-mouth network so popular?





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