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.
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