- 11 billion times: This was how many “shakes” were registered for the entire duration of China Central Television’s 2015 Spring Festival Gala (running from 20:00 on 18 February 2015 to 00:48 the next day)
- 810 million shakes: At 22:34 on 18 February 2015, this was how many “shakes” were registered.
- 1.01 billion: The total amount of “red packets of money” sent on Chinese New Year’s Eve (a general total).
David Feng(Bio, All Articles) Happy Year of the Sheep! Some of us might remember what the shake does in Google Maps — we had quite a few that “shook” the phone with the app running by mistake — and were asked to provide feedback at a time when we were more likely shaking the app for having led us into a cul-de-sac! (Obviously, the timing wasn't quite right!) The shaking continued, as of late, but in a different part of the world... In China, where the Year of the Goat (or Ram, or Sheep) was being celebrated, WeChat, a very popular instant messaging and social media network (which, given its functionality set, no longer qualifies as a “mere Facebook for China”), was the centre of activity. It probably mattered less than the main show on Chinese New Year’s Eve was supposedly the New Year’s Gala on Central Television; to most, it was more about shaking one’s smartphone. At fixed time, the social network would release “red packets of money”, which would be electronically credited to a user’s account — and to get that, users would shake their smartphones with the WeChat app running. Obviously, because this was getting something for nothing, much of the audience’s attention was fixed — to the five-inch screen of the average smartphone rather than the fifty-inch television screen in the main room! A glance at the statistics (from Chinese site TMT Post) would give readers more insight on the “mass shaking”…