Have you heard the news? Communicating online is about to get a whole lot easier.
Facebook already has a monopoly on messaging, but thanks to a merger early next year, it’s about to get a lot more streamlined.
But don’t panic!
Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, will still exist as individual apps. But, since Facebook already owns all three, the company is simply integrating the messaging features.
Basically what this means is that Instagram users could text people on WhatsApp and vice versa.
Why is this important?
This merger means that Facebook will essentially own 75% of the social media market. Zuckerburg and Co will now essentially be calling all the shots in the industry – even more so than before.
Facebook bought in early 2012 and WhatsApp became a part of the family in February 2014. The three networks have since amassed more than 2.6 billion users between them, which raises a bit of anti-trust concerns amount watchdog groups.
What does this mean for me?
For the average user, this merger will simply mean ease of communication with family and friends. Essentially, you don’t even need an Instagram in order to direct message someone on the app.
It’ll be the same with Facebook and WhatsApp. If you have one, you will essentially have all three.
As the world becomes more global, this will make communication easier and easier. Some say it’s even signaling the end for big mobile phone companies as global communication begins to rely on data and the Internet for communication instead of traditional methods.
For example, you don’t need an international phone plan to communicate with friends, family, and business contacts around the globe. All you need is WIFI, and, in early 2020, this one, integrated messaging system.
How do I stay on top of the changes?
As with all social media updates, the best way to stay on top of things is simply to continue to use the apps. Pay attention to their interfaces and changes as they roll out, as they are typically gradual.
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