Japanese Messaging Platform "LINE" Adds and Gets 200,000 Users in 3 Days

Zakhi Mgutshini
Mar 7, 2023
Updated • Mar 7, 2023

LINE is a popular Japanese messaging platform that was launched in 2011. It was created by NHN Japan, a technology company that started its operations in 2001. They are also a subsidiary of the internet search company Naver Corporation. LINE has become a dominant player in the Japanese market with over 187 million active users worldwide. 

Japanese Messaging Platform "LINE" Adds and Gets 200,000 Users in 3 Days

Recently the app gained 200 000 users in 3 days. This is all thanks to the addition of a ChatGPT-based bot account that you can talk to. This ChatGPT-based bot is just like a regular chat as it feels like you’re talking to a natural person, and the interaction is flawless. You can bid farewell to loneliness. Some say it's science fiction from childhood coming to life. All you have to do is add “Al Chat-Kun” as a friend and start chatting. You can get up to 5 messages free per day, and an upgrade costs ¥680/month (about $5) for unlimited messages. 

The platform has a variety of features beyond basic messaging, including free video and voice calls, games, sticker and emoji collections, shopping, and news. LINE also allows its users to share videos, photos, and other types of files with other users. In addition, the platform offers a  timeline feature similar to most social media feeds where users can see updates and posts from their friends. 

LINE has expanded to other markets, including Taiwan, Thailand, and Indonesia. Its presence is equally strong in these countries and has launched localized features and services to better serve these markets. 

How to Use Line

“Line” Adds and Gets 2000 Users in 3 Days

LINE is a messaging app that works similarly to your Whatsapp messenger and can be installed from your app store. I have put together a few steps to get you started. Here’s how it works:

  1. Create an account.  To use LINE, create an account by downloading the app. You can sign up with your email address or phone number.
  2. Add friends. Once you've created your account, you can add friends by searching for them using their phone number, LINE ID, or by scanning their QR code.
  3. Start Chatting. You can start a chat with a friend by selecting their name in your friend list and typing a message. You can also send emojis, stickers, and photos.
  4. Make calls. LINE also allows you to make video and voice call with your friends. To make a call, tap the camera or phone icon on your friend’s chat.“Line” Adds and Gets 2000 Users in 3 Days
  5. Sharing moments. LINE also allows you to share videos, photos, and text posts with friends. You can also see posts by your friends on your timeline.
  6. Other features. LINE also has other features like video chats, group chats, with multiple people, and a timeline where you can share your posts and see what your friends are up to.

Another great feature of LINE is its security. It uses end-to-end encryption, two-step verification, and a passcode lock to protect your account in voice calls, chats, and video calls, and files sent through the app. I hope you will try out LINE and join the masses. 


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments (https://www.ghacks.net/chatgpt-gets-schooled-by-princeton-university/#comments). Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If ghacks.net intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this Friend.tech as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/23/what-is-friend-tech/] and it appears there but as well here at [https://www.ghacks.net/2023/07/08/how-to-follow-everyone-on-threads/]

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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