Today, in a WeChat public class, Zhang Xiaolong disclosed a "heavy" news, and will consider raising the limit of 5,000 friends on WeChat. Because background data shows that there are nearly 1 million WeChat friends close to 5,000. At the same time, Zhang Xiaolong said, "We are sincere and we don't know if it is good or bad."
Anthropologist Robin Dunbar proposed the famous "150 Law" in the 1990s. The law infers that the number of human intelligence that will allow humans to have a stable social network is 148, rounded to about 150; the number of precise contacts and in-depth tracking contacts is about 20 people.
To this day, I believe that most people still nod to this number, because you and I have limited energy, and our intellectual evolution is not so fast.
Now WeChat is no longer socializing with acquaintances. Meet and eat with strangers. Everyone habitually adds friends. But when you sleep, you may forget who you are the next morning, and you cannot have a clear check in your head. WeChat social is an intellectual activity that tests memory and resolution.
what's Wechat? Some people say that it is a link between friends and relatives; some people say that it is an office tool for docking customers; some people say it is a convenient way to develop network resources. It's a classmate's record, it's a phone book, it's a workbook ... it's part of our lives.
WeChat has become a social infrastructure. On this base station, more and more scenarios and tools are being built.
In fact, it is precisely the meaning of this infrastructure that every change, empowerment, addition and deletion of WeChat will cause a strong response. This time, while preparing to break through 5,000 friends, WeChat also stipulated that users with 5000+ friends can view information about friends circles, WeChat sports and other information of new friends, but the other party has no permission to view. WeChat's official caution is evident.
To be precise, WeChat is a growing community. It can evolve as people's living needs change. Perhaps what Tencent has to do is to maintain WeChat's continuously improved technical capabilities and the ability to coordinate network and reality.
Rather than saying that WeChat bundles the lives of hundreds of millions of people, it is better to say that WeChat has also kept WeChat in captivity, it is like a shared pet. In the future and even now, how it changes is no longer entirely up to a company. Users are also pushed forward by users. The hidden or present collective will of users is not allowed by WeChat officials. Every change of it is closely related to hundreds of millions of people.
WeChat has redefined "friends", and now this "friend" has a tendency to move towards "net friends".
Perhaps one of the problems that WeChat will face is, where is the upper limit of "friends"? When someone reaches 8,000, 10,000, 100,000? When the original close-knit circle grows larger, it will dilute social stickiness, and WeChat may be kicked out of life.
1 million, for the huge WeChat user group, it is still worthless to mention the decimal, breaking the 5,000 limit is just to meet the needs of a small number of people. However, for WeChat, any opening may trigger unexpected torrents. Maybe this is where Zhang Xiaolong panicked, because it was unknown, so he was disturbed.
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