Thursday, February 20, 2014

Facebook has bought the most used mobile messaging app, WhatsApp for $19 billion! This is the company’s biggest acquisition so far and also makes the biggest Internet acquisition in more than a decade. 

Facebook, the world’s largest social network, was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004. It had 1 million users by the end of the year. A recent study says, there are now 1.31 billion monthly active users in Facebook with 680 million mobile users. WhatsApp is an instant messaging service for smartphones which was founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. It now claims it has more than 450 million monthly users.

"WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community," Mark Zuckerberg, wrote on his Facebook page. "Since WhatsApp and (Facebook) Messenger serve such different and important users, we will continue investing in both." 

When asked about this, Larrisa from 2nd year Management Studies feels that it would be a good thing if Facebook notifications appear on WhatsApp.

“In WhatsApp recently there were no good updates when compared to Facebook. But now due to this deal, we can hope that there will be some good changes coming up,’’ says a 3rd year School of Life Sciences student, Mahreen Ashfaq.

A first year Media & Communication student, S. Sabith, has a different opinion on this deal. She says: “I am a habitual user of WhatsApp but not Facebook. I use WhatsApp so as to connect with my close friends and this Facebook deal would destroy that for me. I am okay with WhatsApp privacy policy but now there are chances of Facebook getting hold of my number through WhatsApp,’’ and she adds with a smile, “I don’t want that!”

By Madhumitha Raghavan

The writer is a first year Media & Communication student.

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