• What is your Kakao ID?

    Kakaotalk the Korean Phenomena

    Wait, you don’t have a Kakao ID, and worth, you don’t even know what is it?
    It’s probably because you never been to Korea because you really can’t miss it ...
    In order to solve this, I will explain you about that crazy Korean phenomena which is KakaoTalk.


    What is your Kakao ID?

    First, KakaoTalk is a free Korean application for smartphone, created on March 2010 allowing you to send free text and make free call all around the world.
    Currently, Kakaotalk has more than 140 million users in the world (the application is available in 15 languages), and especially in South Korea where it used by 93% of smartphone owners.  So it’s totally huge and successful because more than the half of population use it : in Korea there are more than 53 million mobile phone users and 60% of Koreans have a smartphone. But KakaoTalk isn’t only a call and text app (app = application), you also can share photos, videos, voice messages, link, transform your voice thanks to voice filter, and play games with your contacts.


    What is your Kakao ID?

    Why KakaoTalk is so famous in Korea ?

     First, in my opinion (it’s just for me), KakaoTalk fame is due to its emoticons. Let me explain, KakaoTalk is a cute app, with cute backgrounds, but most of all, there are cute emoticons called “KakaoFriends”. These emoticons are : Apeach the peach, Black the afro bear, Neo the cat, Muwi the rabbit, Con the crocodile (yes, the name of this one is quite funny for French people), Frodo the dog and Tube the duck. These seven little characters greatly participate to the fame of the app. You can find them everywhere: in advertisement, in school etc… (find a more detailed description below).


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    What is your Kakao ID?

    Then, I asked my mentor why he (and Korean in general) uses this instead of normal text message on his smartphone and he simply answer me that he don’t know. He just prefer KakaoTalk rather his smartphone text message “app”. He just tell me that KakaoTalk is intuitive and easy to use, so they like it. Actually, no Koreans really know why their use Kakao instead text message. Koreans like the fact that you can have group chat, or even share easily photos and videos but they can often also do this with their smartphone. So I thought that it was because in Korean people didn’t have unlimited text message (like often in France) or call with their phone rental, but my mentor told me that EVERYBODY here have unlimited text and call, so I don’t have a more precise idea of why … This will stay a mystery …

    How does KakaoTalk work ? 

    KakaoTalk automatically synchronizes your contact list and you can search friends with their ID (Identity name on KakaoTalk). On KakaoTalk, you can have an unlimited number of contact and create or join group chat (also with a unlimited number of members).
    Once your contact added, you can use it, it’s very simple and intuitive. You have different pages : contact (you can see your friend pictures, videos, text or call him), chat, profile and Kakao online shop where you can buy new emoticons, themes, games... And after, the app works exactly like other texting and calling app or even like your text and call on your phone. KakaoTalk works on Wifi or 3G, 4G … Indeed you automatically need an internet connection.
    Moreover on KakaoTalk you don’t have to worry about your private life. The private life security is one of the main argument of Kakao : a special function is dedicated to this, its name is “Secret Chat” and allow the protection of all your personal data and shares.  After your first registration on your smartphone you also can download and install KakaoTalk on your computer and use it in your PC in the same way as in your smartphone.
    KakaoTalk recently extend on new markets, so now there are KakaoTalk branch specialized in music, clothe style, news, maps and so on. (Kakao Zap, Kakao Music, Kakao Location, Kakao Style…)

    What is your Kakao ID?

    Kakao Company: a successful Korean company.

    Kakao Company main goal was first to propose a free and high quality messaging service in order to build and loyal and great user base. Thank to that it will be easier after some time to introduce monetizable services, because of the existing loyalty. In 2012 KakaoTalk introduce its own virtual currency: the “Chocos”. With these, user can buy themes, emoticons, games, songs… It worked because in in 2013 Kakao Corporation generated more than 200 million of dollars income with the app, games and with its marketing channel for celebrities and brands.  More than 5 billion messages are sent by KakaoTalk users every day which is quite huge and prove of KakaoTalk importance and efficiency.


    KakaoTalk by-product market

    Like I tell you before KakaoTalk is really famous and present here in Korea, there is no day where you won’t hear a little “Kakao” (sound when you received a message) or see a KakaoFriend.  If you see KakaoTalk everywhere in Korea, it’s also thanks to the numerous and various by-products that you can find easily in cities. 

    First you have all the posters and advertisement with KakaoFriends on it. You can find these last in School, Universities (there are many many in Hanyang University), shops, restaurants, stick on cars and almost in all public places. So, no day past without you see one KakaoFriend. 

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                         KakaoTalk Friends in a advertising for a Bank.                                    KakaoTalk sign in Hanyang University toilets

    Then you can find KakaoFriends in Supermarket or in shops, because there are lots of products which using their image, names or faces. You can find a special KakaoTalk cakes or candies and so on. Some brands or company also make partnership with Kakao Company in order to use the image or make KakaoTalk events. Let me explain, for example I went to Dunkin Donuts, which is a coffee shop where you can drink cold or hot beverage and eat donuts or cakes. There I order a Hot Chocolate, and they served me it in a KakaoFriend Frodo cup. It was so funny and cute !

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    Moreover, you can find special KakaoTalk restaurants and café. For example Café Talk is a café with KakaoTalk theme. There everything is brown and yellow, you can order coffee with KakaoFriends images and even buy some by-products.


    What is your Kakao ID?

    Finally, the most important, there is a KakaoFriends Shop. There you can buy almost whatever you want bearing the effigy of KakaoFriends. Pens, cuddly toys, posters, stickers, smartphone case and so on. I went to this shop, and it was impressive ! Great choice of items and lots of people coming for many part in Korea come especially for buy so items.

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    It’s funny because it even possible to find “fake” KakaoFriends products.




    I am sorry for the soooooooo long Free Subject post, but KakaoTalk is a huge subject. 

  • Commentaires

    Jeudi 17 Août 2017 à 18:02

    If you dont mind, may i ask for your ID? I'm new to kakaotalk :)

      • sandra
        Dimanche 20 Août 2017 à 00:21


      • Bonnie
        Vendredi 6 Octobre 2017 à 17:27
      • Berivan
        Mardi 23 Janvier à 12:59


      • Elsa
        Mardi 13 Février à 16:09
      • jane
        Vendredi 13 Juillet à 17:04
    Hyo Jin
    Mercredi 30 Août 2017 à 08:49

    Add me for talking, kakaotalk id: kimchinorway123

    Dimanche 15 Octobre 2017 à 15:36
    Hi!I'm new to kakaotalk. Add me for talking, ıd: 010698
    Dimanche 5 Novembre 2017 à 21:15

     Hi ! I'm chaimae from Morocco, I really like Korea and especially korean language add me on Kakaotalk. Id : ChaiWah

    Vendredi 10 Novembre 2017 à 06:56
    This is my ID yan03097, I'm new please add!!! (:
    Mardi 14 Novembre 2017 à 11:26
    Kakao ID : beyyy0425
    Mardi 14 Novembre 2017 à 11:27
    Kakao ID: beyyy0425
    Vendredi 8 Décembre 2017 à 00:31
    Hey I'm new so please add Lellahel :)
    Vendredi 8 Décembre 2017 à 21:31

    Hi,  my id: Neessou

    Dimanche 10 Décembre 2017 à 12:18
    Somenone can teach me korean?
    Dimanche 7 Janvier à 15:12
    hi add me for talking im new :) ID : maryyy0
    Mardi 9 Janvier à 21:05
    Hello, let's be friends. Add me ID:shemy
    Vendredi 12 Janvier à 10:33
    hi, lets be cingu! :O
    id : tdrp
    Dimanche 21 Janvier à 09:51
    Hi iam Walid from Algeria let's be friends my id MED61176
    Mardi 23 Janvier à 11:31

    Hey^^ I'm soo new. Let's be friends! Add me ID : chanberxx

    Samedi 27 Janvier à 07:04
    My kakao id: bibi01
    Lundi 29 Janvier à 00:37
    Hi! Nice to meet you !!!I live France and I would like make Korean Friends ~i'm little bit shy
    Jeudi 1er Février à 06:46
    add mee rfs96 nice to know you
    Mardi 13 Février à 15:40
    Hi, add my id : elsairasanti
    Mardi 13 Février à 16:07
    Add my id : elsairasanti
    Let's be friends
    Mercredi 14 Février à 23:20

    ID: NShimmer ^w^

    Jeudi 15 Février à 07:13
    Kimseyeol08 is my id. Add me up
    Mercredi 21 Février à 10:05

    Let's be friend :)

    my ID: ymeminimm

    Mercredi 21 Février à 19:50
    Mercredi 21 Février à 19:50
    Jeudi 22 Février à 08:23
    Jeudi 22 Février à 19:44
    Hi I'm lookind for new friends!! ID: A1eve
    Mercredi 28 Février à 17:37

    Add me! Moona17 :)

    Mardi 13 Mars à 16:29
    Hi, I want know new friends, iD: isacocas
    Jeudi 22 Mars à 09:46
    Im new in kakaotalk, add my id tiaraara01
    Thank you
    Mercredi 28 Mars à 12:17
    Annyeong... im soo new in kakao, u can add me and also teach me how speak korean well. Id: greethalova
    Lundi 2 Avril à 10:18
    Hi I'm monika, I'm new in kakaotalk add my I'd Mon30
    Lundi 9 Avril à 09:23
    Hiii 18 y.o. smile n laugh. Ma kakao id : xxsisi :)
    Samedi 14 Avril à 00:05
    I want to make new korean friends
    Lundi 16 Avril à 11:58
    my ID : maryyy0 add me to talk about kdrama kpop etc.
    Lundi 23 Avril à 18:52
    Hey guys!!! Wanna meet new friends form all over the world!!! Let's be friends forever!!! My id is swe09... Feel free to add me... :)
    Dimanche 29 Avril à 14:06
    Let's be friends
    Id : pandame10
    Vendredi 4 Mai à 16:36
    Hi me 17 old,I want to find friends from Korea my Id in kakao talk:mimimishka
    Dimanche 6 Mai à 11:36
    Hi i want to find friends from korea my kakao id is : BTSloubna
    Mardi 8 Mai à 14:26
    I need a cute and kind boyfriend I’m very cute and kind add me on KakaoTalk:Cathy
    Samedi 19 Mai à 11:54
    Hi i am 20 and i want some friends!! My id is: fakeblu
    Mercredi 23 Mai à 02:50

    Hi, I'm from Argentina and I want to make new friends!!. My ID is: Camila96

    Samedi 26 Mai à 05:02
    Hi i'm from indonesia..
    Add my id: ekanovi94
    Lundi 28 Mai à 10:33
    Add me and be a friend id EunChan96
    Dimanche 17 Juin à 14:00

    I am also new in KakaoTalk. I just made an account a few minutes ago. LOL. I would love to meet and make new friends from different countries! Next year, I would start my tour in South Korea then next to other southeast Asian countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. I would love to experience different culture from different countries and I will be also happy to share our culture as well (Oh! By the way I live in the Philippines!) Maybe you have plans to visit our country I can help youuuuuuu. Here's my KakaoID: rc02182012
    Nice to meet you!

    Mercredi 4 Juillet à 10:30
    Add id Sofnia25chatae
    Melannie (Mely)
    Dimanche 8 Juillet à 10:26
    Hi im from Colombia (south América). Im 18 years old. I speak both english and spanish. I would love to meet people from other places specially korea and japan.
    Mi kakao ID: MelyBernal0619
    Feel free to add me and talk to me. Have a good day friends.
    Vendredi 13 Juillet à 12:01
    Add me for talking, kakaotalk id: mrskim20041995
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