Saturday, December 22, 2012

Facebook wants to buy Whatsapp !

Again Facebook is trying to eat the market by buying or merging the most popular apps with them. Earlier, we were all upset when we heard that Facebook is buying Instagram. And frankly speaking, we were all right when we felt this way. If you have noticed, whenever you are posting a photo nowadays, a large number of spam users comment on your photo with spam links or spam ads etc. They even sometimes tag your name on other people's photos ! It is annoying, and that's what Facebook grant us ! We just said goodbye to the peaceful Instagram, and got stuck with the spammy Instagram ! I hope they would find a solution for this, and get our peaceful Insragram back.

However, sorry for the over react I guess I got carried away haha :-p, this is not what I am here to talk about. If you remember a couple of weeks ago there was a rumor that whatsapp is going to be shut down and if you did not send that "broadcast" to X number of people your account will be cancelled bla bla bla ! And Whatsapp made it clear that this is only a scam and there is nothing true about it. On the other hand, there is a rumor which says that Facebook is interested in buying Whatsapp app !!! Now why Facebook would express their interest in buying Whatsapp ! Let me explain to you why !

Whatsapp is the biggest social network anyone could've heard about ! Who knows it might be even bigger than Facebook network itself !  The number of Whatsapp users is between 200 - 300 million users, meaning it is almost equal to Instagram and Skype. Since Facebook growth is dropping down, I guess this step makes sense ! "To them maybe, but not to us O.o" Whatsapp was founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton who were actually a part of YAHOO team. 

I believe that Facebook was not happy enough after buying Instagram, since it's a free app that makes zero profit to the corporate. While Whatsapp is a very popular app overseas with an enormous growth which is still in its early innings. It actually makes a ton of money already (99 cents per download) free-ads, with almost 10 billion messages a day. No wonder why Facebook wants to put their hands on it ! 

However, Whatsapp clearly stated that they have no intention what so ever to sell their app saying: "The reported story is a rumor and not factually accurate. We have no further information to share at the moment." 

Honestly, I really don't know how Facebook would link Whatsapp to its network. I mean who would want to share anything personal like their numbers, names, messages  photos or what so ever into a bigger social network such as Facebook. Bottom of line, Jan and Brian should consider this decision and study it very carefully. If they have to decide, they should consider two main things, their own benefits and Whatsapp users interests.

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