#2
because someone thought it was worth that much

go make an app and sell it for millions, then buy me a pizza for coming up with the idea
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Lol it was due to their clever name Whatsaap. Hahahaha I mean that's just clever marketing.
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#4
While many people will flock to it to communicate easier the owners will have loads of data to sell to other companies. Why do you think facebook is worth so much when it's free and with minimal to no ads? They take the 10s of millions of people and run all sorts of data referencing tools and sell that. They don't need your name. Just all your interests, where you are posting from, what phone you use, etc... Companies buy that junk instead of spending money for their own research. If you have facebook... look into your "agreement terms"... it's interesting. Everything you have ever uploaded and entered on there is saved forever in their server even if you delete it.

Whatsapp will be a data goldmine just like facebook.
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#5
Literally everyone I know has used whatsapp for the past 4 years and its easily a lot better than any of its competitors
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#6
1. free messaging between different mobile carriers/phones/etc
2. data
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#9
I have never heard of this. But why do people use instant messaging still? Its 2014, how many young people could there possibly be that can't text?
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I have never heard of this. But why do people use instant messaging still? Its 2014, how many young people could there possibly be that can't text?

Because everyone exceeds their text limits and if you have a data plan this is way better
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I have never heard of this. But why do people use instant messaging still? Its 2014, how many young people could there possibly be that can't text?

Texting isn't the issue.

Talking to people between countries, talking to people on different mobile carriers, talking to people on different devices is the issue.

Instant messaging also doesn't use messages if you're on a limited message plan.
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#13
Purchasing a competitor allows them to absorb market share.
Based on the article, Facebook purchased Whatsaap for $19 billion or $42/user. That's more than 450 million users' data they probably don't have. With that, they can merge Whatsaap with their Facebook messenger kind of like how Microsoft did with Skype.
#14
^ Completely off topic but I've been trying to figure out who it is in your avatar for a really long time. They look really familiar.
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^ Completely off topic but I've been trying to figure out who it is in your avatar for a really long time. They look really familiar.


It looks like Noel Fielding, but I'm probably wrong.
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^ Completely off topic but I've been trying to figure out who it is in your avatar for a really long time. They look really familiar.

It's Hitsugi from Nightmare, a Japanese band I used to listen back when I was in high school. I liked that particular part of the music video and he has a pretty cool looking guitar.
I should probably check up on them and see if they have anything new. They used to come out with an album every year which I thought was crazy efficient.
#19
I remember Mark Cuban hyping this thing up on Twitter like it was the second coming of the Beefy Nacho Burrito.
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It's Hitsugi from Nightmare, a Japanese band I used to listen back when I was in high school. I liked that particular part of the music video and he has a pretty cool looking guitar.
I should probably check up on them and see if they have anything new. They used to come out with an album every year which I thought was crazy efficient.

Cheers . I'll have to check them out.
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#21
Maybe they've done some updates but I thought WhatsApp felt a little clunkier than other messaging services like Kik. I like using Kik. They don't charge $1 per year either. I mean, I know its only a dollar, but Kik is completely free.

I guess rather than charge a dollar, they've turned me into an advertisement.
#22
Tech bubble.

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#23
it's more popular than you think, clearly. it's very popular for people to communicate overseas, especially people in syria and iraq and turkey etc.
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#24
Because it's popular. That's why. Not everything that isn't big in America isn't big overseas. In other words, there's a ton of stuff that Americans don't consider big that's actually HUGE thing.
#25
its probably the best free texting app besides facebook and snapchat. And it has a cool name.

i use viber to talk to my family and friends over seas though.

viber is very common in other countries besides usa.
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#28
Whatsapp is big everywhere. It's the biggest texting app here in Uruguay, it's the only thing people use (other than Instagram).
For its intended purpose it's successful and works. It's a cross-mobile-carrier internet-only messaging and chat app. You can use it in Bolivia, Turkey and England. If you use a wifi hotspot, it's free messaging. It has the poop emoji. It's instant messaging, allowing fluid conversations, specially with groups (unlike SMS)

Also, it has millions of users, and all of that data is stored. That is a goldmine for advertisers. That is worth a lot of money for companies like Facebook.
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