Last night, popular messaging app Whatsapp experienced a breakdown. Not just in Kenya, it was a global problem that had whatsapp users confused. Trust me, people restarted their phones, others purchased more data bundles and when nothing seemed to work, they all took to twitter. #Whatsappdown was trending and some of the memes that resulted out of the hitch are just hilarious … read more Twitter memes after global whatsapp breakdown will leave you in stitches
One of the biggest messaging platforms/ social medium whatsapp will soon venture into helping it’s users exchange more than just photos and videos. Yes, it’s going the banking way. Whatsapp is targeting India, which leads in Whatsapp users in the world for a possibility in online transactions. The app, owned by billionaire Zuckerberg, will employ a director to make possible digital payments in the South Asian country with 200 million whatsapp users.
It is reported that the company is developing a system based on the Reserve Bank of India’s United Payment Interface, which offers a common protocol for money transfers between banks. A similar service was launched in the US by Facebook (also owned by Zuckerberg) in December and he seemingly wants to try the same with Whatsapp.
Messaging app WeChat is already a popular provider of similar services in Asia, while Chat App Line is popular for giving similar services in japan. A success in Whatsapp’s latest move will see more chat platforms venture into online financial transactions and in no time, the whole world will be sending money via whatsapp and messenger and all that.
Social media is clearly changing at it’s own pace. Early this year Whatsapp included a ‘Status’ feature that allows one to post a video or series of photos that can be seen by his/her contacts. It’s a feature that drew different reactions from users, with most of them expressing displeasure.
Prior to that, Instagram introduced a ‘stories’ feature whereby you could take photos or videos and update your followers on what you’re doing. It’s the same feature that saw the use of Snapchat go up. Well, if you have updated your facebook app, then you’ve noticed that the feature is there as well. Facebook now has the stories feature which enables you to share your experiences with your friends. It’s just like Instagram but then an additional feature, just like Watsapp’s status.
has been added. It’s called ‘Direct’ and is used to post the public or only your friends. The ‘Direct’ feature also enables your friends to reply to the story you posted (photo or video) and it’s through the same that you’ll get the replies and reply.
What’s more, the story stays for 24 hours, just like the whatsapp ‘status’ feature. It seems Mark Zuckerberg is trying each feature in all social media platforms that he owns, owing to the fact that he turned ‘Facebook Live’ into ‘Instagram Live’ and he’s now brought the ‘Stories’ feature to facebook.
If you have been to whatsapp today (which I am sure you have), then you must have noticed that it’s a whole new experience. We woke up to a whatsapp we’re not used to, one that enables you use photos, videos and GIFs to create message stories.
This is very much similar to Snapchat, who register over 2.5 billion snaps every day. Facebook is known to have bought Whatsapp last year for a whooping $19 billion and the owner is known to try many things in improving their services to social media users. By the way, last year Facebook brought a key Instagram feature (Instagram stories) to Facebook and it seems he is doing the same by cloning Snapchat’s most interesting feature.
The status have a 24-hour lifespan, but you can change. So instead of the three options, now you have four with the new one being the camera option which you can use to go live, take photos or a video, caption it and edit before posting it to your audience.
The internet is such a powerful thing, especially social media. Kelvin Muriuki Nderitu scored 372 marks in last year’s KCPE examinations. He received a letter to join Nyeri High School, where the annual fee was a whooping 53,000. Kelvin’s dream was to be a pilot when he grows up, and he wouldn’t let the dream go. He resolved crushing stones so that he would raise the amount, and the story hit the headlines.
One former Air-force officer went to Kelvin’s site and saw what he was doing, then called his fellow retired officers to action, in a whatsapp group! Within a night, close to two years’ school fees had been collected by the 200+ former commandos. They vowed to see to it that the kid completes his high school education, with one member volunteering to escort Kelvin to his new school.He picked him from his former school, as his former schoolmates watched amazed.
WhatsApp is the world’s most popular mobile chat app. It has revolutionized the way the word communicates. WhatsApp has made it very easy to transfer text messages, photos, videos and audio files from one mobile phone to another. People all over the world are using WhatsApp in a large number of languages. But the language of those smiley faces is all the same world over.
Many of these WhatsApp symbols are confusing. Most people don’t know the meaning of many WhatsApp icons or symbols. While there are some standards ones (like smile, sad, laugh, cry etc.); many other symbols seem to have no apparent meaning.
It is so important to know what each of these emojis mean, so that next time you do not send your mum that purple heart emoji-did you know it stands for sexual attraction, cringe! Do not make such mistakes ever again.
We got you covered, here is a list of each emoji and their true meanings.
Mobile messaging application WhatsApp, has announced its resolve to cut off services for Nokia and Blackberry phones.
The Facebook-owned app announced that it would end support for BlackBerry (including BlackBerry 10), Windows Phone 7.1, Nokia S40 and Symbian S60 as well as the older Android 2.1 and 2.2 operating systems.
On why it had made the hard-hitting decision, the widely used mobile app cited, in a post on its blog,
“While these mobile devices have been an important part of our story, they don’t offer the kind of capabilities we need to expand our app’s features in the future”.
The firm also noted that the decline in popularity of Blackberry and Nokia devices among users was to blame for the decision.
WhatsApp Messenger, which enjoys a record one billion user base globally, advised the affected customers to upgrade to a newer Android, iPhone, or Windows Phone before the end of 2016 to continue enjoying the service.
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 and was in February 2014 acquired by social media giant Facebook.
I know some wives and girlfriend will be pleased by this news…unless your man gets a new phone..
The Facebook-owned app recently announced that they’ve reached a billion users prompting an increase in group limits from 100 to 256.This will surely come as good news to those guys who are always locked out of Whatsapp groups once it reaches the maximum of 100 users.
However,don’t be too excited just yet as the update is only available in the latest version(v2.12.437) on the Whatsapp website.This means you’ll have to wait a little bit till for this update to appear on your Google App store.The new group limit is available on Android and iOS for now but should reach Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and other platforms soon.