Mxit: Africa’s Largest Mobile Social Network Reviewed
What Exactly is Mxit?
Mxit (which is pronounced mix it”) is a free online instant messaging application that runs on a number of mobile and computing platforms (about 3,000 mobile handsets). Mxit allows you to chat, play, trade, purchase and exchange goods and video games with “moola” Mxit’s currency. “It is a mobile social network that allow users to send and receive one-on-one text and multimedia messages to and from other users, and in general chat rooms” with support gateways to other instant messaging platforms like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Facebook and Google Talk.
Although MXit does not charge for one-on-one messages, mobile operators may charge for data usage. There are also charges for a number of services, including chatrooms.
With it’s over 55 million registered users across 120 countries and nearly 10 million users in South Africa alone, Mxit is Africa’s largest social network and South Africa’s most widely used social media platform surpassing Facebook’s six million users and Twitter’s 1.1 million subscribers, take a look at the infographic below
Mxit was founded 7 years ago by Namibian-born software developer Herman Heunis, since then it has grown from just another instant messaging apps to a full global mobile social network, it was acquired by acquired by South African investment group, World of Avatar in September 2011.
The network allows users to send and receive one-on-one text and multimedia messages to and from other users as well as chat rooms supporting gateways to other instant messaging platforms like AIM, Windows Live Messenger, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Facebook and Google Talk and can run on over 3,000 handsets, it requires Java and internet connectivity via GPRS, CSD, 3G or wifi to run.
Other features include contact list as well as file transfers and photo sharing via a cellphone’s built-in camera and a group chat, called MultiMX. In 2009, Mxit released an open-source plug-in for the libPurple library which allows apps such as Pidgin and Adium which makes of the libPurple library to connect to the network.
Platforms for Mxit
MXit can run on any of these Platforms
- BlackBerry OS
- Java ME
- Linux using Pidgin
- Mac OS X using Adium
- Microsoft Windows using Pidgin and MXit EVO
- Windows Mobile
Take a look at these interesting stats below