Ohh! I just saw an advert in the sidebar for QQ and remembered my experiences involving QQ back before they launched the big international site (which I've just noticed has inline chinesepod audio! Is this new? How cool!).
Back then you had to wade through the chinese text to get online, and when you did you got instantly swamped by millions of friend invites as people were very excited to find anyone foreign using the programme. They were all naturally hugely disappointed to find that my chinese (through google translate and mandarin-tools.com) was both awful and deathly slow, but it was very funny nonetheless.
Does anyone use it for regular chinese practice, or find it a useful tool for anything other than being spammed by slightly overly-keen people who want to be your friend?
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