The Wall St. Journal: Ai, a Chinese social networking app, has emerged as the most popular of a growing number of Chinese social media companies, earning an estimated $6 billion in revenues last year.
Its creators say their platform is intended to attract followers and followers buy their products, but critics say the company’s ads are too subtle, the company has too many ads and its users have little time to engage.
In an editorial Tuesday, The Wall Journal’s editorial board wrote that Ai’s creators are not making money off their product, but they are creating a brand and selling products.
“Ai has become the poster child for a new kind of social media marketing: the one that is built on the backs of existing, existing relationships,” the editorial said.
A spokesperson for Ai, which has more than 1.4 billion users, said the company is proud of the company and its platform, but did not respond to requests for comment on whether it was aware of the Wall Street JournoList article.
Ai’s creator, Li Zhang, told the Journal the app has received more than $400 million in funding, though he declined to provide financial details.
Ai has about 3 million followers on the popular Weibo microblogging platform, according to a Weibo user tracking tool.
He said Ai has more fans in China than Twitter, Facebook or Instagram combined.
“Our fans are people who are passionate about Ai and Ai products,” he said.
“It’s not just about advertising.
It’s about the products themselves.”
A Chinese social network called Ai is not just an app that sells products but also a brand that creates a platform for people to share their opinions, Mr. Zhang said.
Ai is a popular social networking application for China that lets users share photos and videos of themselves.
The app’s creator has been in the business for over five years and the company started in 2014 as an advertising firm.
Ai said it has more subscribers than Twitter and Facebook combined.
Ai sells more than 300 million products and sells to brands and governments around the world, including China.
Ai was founded in 2014 by Mr. Li and a team of six other people, including a marketing executive, a designer and an engineer.
Ai, like other Chinese social networks, is owned by Alibaba, the e-commerce giant with which it is competing.
Ai uses a platform that is similar to Twitter, with a more direct connection to the public, according, Mr, Zhang said, but it is a different product.
Ai does not have an official name, but the company says it has been built to serve as a platform where people can share their personal views on topics such as art, politics, fashion and the future of the world.
The platform allows users to create posts and comments, with the posts and opinions moderated by others.
The posts and views are also shared by others, but there is no real “official” content.
The only real thing the app is known for is a user-generated content page, where users can create and post images and videos to share.