QQ, a major Chinese instant messaging service, is featured in the Mandarin language. However, as of 2014, non-Mandarin speakers can access QQ's Qzone social media site by logging into the QQ network on a browser that features translation into English, such as Google Chrome.
When using Google Chrome, navigate to Advanced Settings and choose the box for translation. The QQ or Qzone page is then displayed in English. Users of Internet Explorer can install Google Toolbar or another plug-in to view an English translation of a QQ page.
The social networking site Qzone was developed by the Tencent Company in 2005. Users on the site can send images, write blog posts, maintain diaries, watch videos and listen to music. Each Qzone background can be customized to a user's individual preferences. Tencent reports that the Qzone social media site had 234 million users in the latter part of 2013. Of that number, approximately 150 million people update accounts on at least a monthly basis.
Co-founders of the Qzone media site include Ma Huateng, CEO; Zhang Zhidong, CTO; Xu Chenye, CIO; and Chen Yidan, CAO. Ma Huateng, also the founder of Tencent Corp., was born in 1971 in Guangdong, China. He was distinguished as being one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Ma Huateng's estimated net worth, as of 2014, is around $14 billion.