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What is KAKAOTALK 카카오톡 everybody uses in Korea? Why Koreans love KKK?

WHAT IS KAKAOTALK THAT EVERYBODY USES?

What is KAKAOTALK 카카오톡 that everybody uses in Korea?

Katok hae! 카톡해! (Kakaotalk me!) has replaced “call me” in Korea, where everybody seems to be communicating through the iconic yellow smartphone app. Originally developed as a free instant messaging application, it now has numerous convenient services like voice talk, video chat, and group chat. Among all, a huge selection of emoticons that Koreans love to use to express their emotions is what sets them apart from other competitors. As of 2017, it’s used by 93% of Korean smartphone owners (de facto monopoly), and it keeps expanding into new markets with auxiliary services, including taxi-hailing, daerigisa (driver for hire) booking service, banking, and gifticons (electronic vouchers).

KakaoTalk on the Mac App Store
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WHY DO KOREANS LOVE “KKK”?

WHY DO KOREANS LOVE "KKK"?

If you have a Korean pen-pal, oops, we’re in 2020, so chat-pal, rather, then you might have received a message saying “KKK” from your Korean friend. Wait a minute… Is this a secret invitation to the notorious hate group? It possibly can’t be…! But you get more confused as you keep receiving the same message over and over… One day you take up the courage and decide to confront your friend, and learn that it’s totally different from what you thought – it’s actually the romanized spelling of ㅋㅋㅋ, the Korean equivalent of LOL. Why does your friend use it for someone who’s not Korean? Maybe your friend is too lazy to switch the keypad from Eng-Kor, or he/she thinks you are capable of understanding Korean. Now you know that your Korean chat-pal is completely innocent and is, well,  just [laughing out loud in Korean]!

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