Ever since Facebook acquired WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion, plenty of voices from the online realm had claimed that the social network would somehow downplay the instant messaging platform. It seems that those terrible hunches are now becoming a reality, as WhatsApp itself confirmed that it will become a commercial shopping website.
After six glorious years, WhatsApp is at some incredible milestones: the service counts over 2 billion users, it processes over 340 million minutes of video calls per day, it was installed about 5 billion times from the Google Play Store, and so on. But even so, you know that old saying: nothing lasts forever in this world.
This is how easy we think messaging a business should be – seeing a store’s catalog in a chat, adding an item to your cart, placing your order and getting fast responses to questions. We are looking forward to bringing these experiences to more people on WhatsApp! pic.twitter.com/nkJyC3dOzg
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) October 22, 2020
Among the official statements of WhatsApp, we see:
This is how easy we think messaging a business should be,
seeing a store’s catalog in a chat, adding an item to your cart, placing your order and getting fast responses to questions. We are looking forward to bringing these experiences to more people on WhatsApp!
Facebook continues to exert a strong influence on the apps it’s owning. Recently, the tech giant implemented the possibility for the users of the Messenger app to be able to communicate with those who are using Instagram. Both apps are owned by Facebook, and a much bigger plan is on the way considering the notoriety and power that Zuckerberg’s company possesses.
Facebook Dating rocks
Those willing to meet their soul mate online can count more than ever on Facebook Dating, as the service recently was extended for more countries throughout Europe. In a world full of dating apps, it’s nice to see that Facebook brings its own alternative, one that’s comparable with Tinder. Facebook Dating is also available in the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, Suriname, Thailand, the United States, Uruguay, and Vietnam.
Facebook may do harm for some services, but it compensates by doing good to others.