The news is out today that Facebook acquired WhatsApp for a whopping total of US$19 billions:
The deal to buy it includes $4bn in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares, plus an additional $3 billion in stock to WhatsApp’s founders and employees at a later date. (via)
This news reminds me that for a long time I haven’t used WhatsApp or similar messaging app regularly. I only use it for certain times, and for certain people who insist on having or communicating with them. “Do you have a LINE account? Because I use it.” People would insist that everybody else uses the same service. For the sake of them, I would install and use them again. But then, I forget.
My main communication channel with my phone is Twitter, email and text messages (for certain cases, iMessage). I don’t care about text message fees. I call occasionally.
For people I know the closest, like my wife and my family, I use text messages/iMessage and phone calls. For people I network with, like friends or work colleagues, I use Twitter and emails, sometimes Skype.
I don’t participate in group messages — I must say that I don’t have so many “cliques” or circles of friends or whichever term you put into it. I believe in clear, straightforward and direct communication channels which are simple and on-purpose. If I ever have to talk pointlessly and have fun while doing it, I would only do it with my wife or my family. But then, we all live close to each others and we do it face to face.
I understand that there are other platforms to use like Telegram or Viber, but I see no point in choosing one or using multiple apps. Everybody seems to have either a Twitter account (or Facebook account if you will), email address, and a phone number to text. It’s really a smaller case-by-case basis for me.