Mo­bile chat apps Line, Kakao flour­ish­ing among young Asians

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Gadgets - By Youkyung Lee AP Busi­ness Writ­ers

SEOUL — For­get Face­book and Twit­ter.

Two of Asia’s big­gest so­cial me­dia play­ers, Kakao Talk and Line, are grow­ing by mak­ing mo­bile mes­sag­ing apps an in­te­gral part of the lives of young Asians who pre­fer to com­mu­ni­cate more pri­vately in­stead of shout­ing out in vir­tual are­nas and risk­ing trou­bles with trolls — or dis­clos­ing as­pects of their lives to their par­ents they’d rather not share.

Kakao Talk is the top mes­sen­ger app in South Korea, with more users than Face­book or Twit­ter. Peo­ple use it to hail cabs and trans­fer money, ad­vanc­ing to­ward a cash­less so­ci­ety. Even South Korean govern­ment of­fi­cials pre­fer Kakao chat rooms for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with col­leagues as op­posed to email. In Ja­pan, where Line users outnumber those on Face­book or Twit­ter, peo­ple buy cute dig­i­tal stick­ers

(AP PHOTO)

KAKAO CHAR­AC­TER. A pop­u­lar char­ac­ter of Kakao Talk is dis­played at Kakao Friends Shop in Seoul, South Korea. Kakao Talk and Line are two Asian mo­bile mes­sen­gers that out­grew Face­book and Twit­ter in Ja­pan and in South Korea in terms of user num­ber.

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