KakaoTalk: South Korea’s Own Messenger App
Here in Europe, most smart phone users use free messaging service like Whatsapp or Blackberry Messenger to chat with friends and family. In Asia, things are a bit different; especially in South Korea! In the land of 무궁화 (mugunghwa: South Korean national flower), they are using their own messaging service app called KakaoTalk.
KakaoTalk was founded by Beom Soo Kim in March 2010. Beom Soo Kim himself was the former CEO of NHN Corporation, the company which owns Naver, the South Korean search engine. The application is available for Apple, Android, Blackberry, and Samsung users.
KakaoTalk has in total 42 million active users; 8 million of them come from outside South Korea! Up to this moment, KakaoTalk has about 170 employees who serve 1.3 billion sent messages and 2.6 billion received messages. The received messages are twice higher than the sent messages because of the group chat feature on KakaoTalk.
KakaoTalk is has some nice unique features that distinguish it from other free mobile messenger applications:
Based on the rumor that I heard, KakaoTalk is planning to expand their product to more Asian countries, including Indonesia (and maybe also European/South American countries, seeing that they already have Spanish/Italian/French/German/Portuguese versions of the app!). I actually see some potential in this app; it could be big! But anyway KakaoTalk, I wish you 행운을 빌어요!
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