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Baidu Plans To Launch Instant Messaging Service "Baidu Hi"
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Msg#: 3588073 posted 3:57 pm on Feb 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

China's top search engine Baidu.com Inc said it plans to launch an instant messaging service, called "Baidu Hi."

Baidu Plans To Launch Instant Messaging Service "Baidu Hi" [uk.reuters.com]

[edited by: bill at 1:43 am (utc) on Mar. 1, 2008]
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Msg#: 3588073 posted 4:27 am on Mar 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

Last time I checked Tencent QQ was the IM of choice in China. MSN Messenger was quite popular as well. I wonder if the new Baidu service will be compatible with other IM platforms or whether they'll be using a completely proprietary platform.

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 8:18 am on Mar 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

I like QQ

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 6:42 pm on Mar 1, 2008 (gmt 0)

It will hit surely because Baidu is very popular in China.

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 2:42 am on Mar 2, 2008 (gmt 0)

But IM platforms are very personal. If you've already got most of your friends on one platform, like QQ, what's the incentive to move to a new platform?

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 12:42 am on Mar 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Here's an article with a bit more information about Baidu's IM offering:
Baidu says 'Hi' with IM testing [chinadaily.com.cn]

Baidu said on Friday in a press release it has started internal tests of its IM product "Baidu Hi", which only Baidu employees who have submitted applications through internal networks can get approval to download.

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A Baidu spokesperson said the company does not have a schedule for launching its IM service.

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Tencent, a Shenzhen-based company that runs the QQ platform holds about 80 percent of China's IM industry.


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Msg#: 3588073 posted 8:23 am on Mar 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

Baidu Bar,a BBS users donnt have to register is popular among young students in China.

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 4:50 pm on Mar 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

Bill

You are correct that QQ is the app of Choice indeed, in fact there are MORE QQ accounts than Internet users in China.

Interesting move by Baidu, after all Google did do the same with Gchat right, everyone did have MSN :)

Let''s wait and see

Shak

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 9:26 am on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

ask a question?
are all people here Chinese?

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 1:47 pm on Mar 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

are all people here Chinese?

No. We have members from all over the world here.

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Msg#: 3588073 posted 10:05 am on Mar 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

i don't like its name: "baidu hi"

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