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Facebook: What’s Next For Messenger?

Posted Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

Summary

  • FB’s introduction of payment in FB Messenger suggests that it will be the leading mobile communication platform for FB.
  • WhatsApp will be increasingly irrelevant as FB is most likely to convert WhatsApp users into FBM users.
  • Expect further service offerings to include dining, travel, wireless services, taxis, etc to be added to the FBM ecosystem.

FB’s introduction of payment in FB Messenger rather than in WhatsApp is a clear indication that FB Messenger will be the leading mobile communication platform for FB and that WhatsApp users will eventually be migrated to the FB Messenger platform with the goal of driving FB penetration higher. This suggests that FB’s acquisition of WhatsApp is purely for user acquisition and a defensive move against the emerging Asian mobile communication peers.

At the time of the acquisition, it was apparent that FB was falling behind the mobile communication/social networking trend and it was critical for FB to gain a presence in this space. WhatsApp’s acquisition provided FB with the user base and the time for it to formulate a plan to counter the Asian threat, and this justifies the premium FB paid for WhatsApp at around $42 per user when peers are valued at roughly half of that.


WhatsApp? 10 other things Facebook could have bought with $19 billion

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2014

Facebook’s acquisition WhatsApp for $19 billion is one of the largest tech deals in history. It dwarfs Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 — and even that was considered an astonishing number.

Since $19 billion is a sum most of us can hardly comprehend (and because it’s fun to imagine), we came up with a list of other things Mark Zuckerberg and his team could have purchased for $19 billion.

  • Mark Zuckerberg and crew could’ve built four new World Trade Center skyscrapers, at a cost of $3.94 billion each.
  • In December 2013, the UN asked for a record-breaking $13 billion for worldwide humanitarian relief operations in 2014, half of which will aid Syria. The purchase price of WhatsApp could’ve paid for all of that and more.
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s favorite food is the bacon-wrapped hot dog. Some California vendors sell these for $1.50 each, meaning Facebook could’ve bought enough to feed Mark Zuckerberg one hot dog every second for the next 400 years. ‘ve paid for all of that and more.
  • Facebook’s top executives Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, David Ebersman, and Mike Schroepfer would look pretty stylish cruising the San Francisco Bay in four Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers ($4.5 billion each)
  • Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines and killed more than 5,000 people. The recovery may cost $6 billion — less than one-third of what Facebook paid for WhatsApp.
  • 76,000 trips to space on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

What would you do if you had that kind of money?


Apps to get excited about in 2013

Posted Friday, May 17th, 2013

With thousands of new apps being released daily, it takes a lot to stand out. We’ve downloaded and tried five apps that are creating a buzz and offered our thoughts. Lets us know if you agree….

1. Wanelo

The new… Pinterest
Pinterest allows you to drool over pretty things on a photo-bulletin style site that tells your followers what you’re drooling over. Wanelo (short for “Want Need Love”) takes the photo-bulletin style design that has made Pinterest so popular and made it more practical. Click on one of the freshly styled images and the site redirects you to an online shop, where you can purchase what you’ve just added to your wishlist.

Verdict: 2/5 but that’s only because it’s heavily biased to fashion that doesn’t suit me but may well appeal to younger people

2. Vine

The new… Instagram
The app encourages you not to just take a photo, but to film a three to six second clip, and posts it on a loop.  With GIF-based memes everywhere online, the app is a smart and user-friendly way to create your own; whether that’s for promoting a Hollywood blockbuster or just you taking a sip of your beer.

Verdict: 3/5 I think it’s a great tool and could be very useful for lots of puposes but it hasn’t had the uptake you’d expect which suggests it’s not particuarly popular with tweeters

3. Snapchat

The new… Whatsapp
The photo messaging app is on almost every twenty-something’s smartphone and if not, then they’re all talking about it. The app lets you send photos with added captions and doodles – but the killer function is the ability to set a time limit of up to ten seconds for how long recipients can view their photos for, after which it is deleted from the recipient’s device and the company’s servers.

Verdict: 4/5 snapchat has grown quickly and whilst it took me some time to grow a fondness for it, the number of my contacts and facebook freinds who have joined in recent weeks has been huge. It’s a simple app, easy to use and a lot of fun- what more do you want from an app?

4. Tinder

The new… Chat Roulette
The app will show you people in your area which you can either anonymously like or pass on. It then lets the other person know and if your profile tickles their fancy, they’ll like you back and you can begin chatting within the app. You can take it from there…

Verdict: 4/5 I discovered this app in San Francisco when it had just been released and it had a huge immediate uptake. It’s been much slower in the UK but it’s a great app for people a little nervous about using sites like POF that throws you in the deep end

5. #music

The new… Spotify
After the launch of Vine, the second  new app from Twitter is generating a lot of excitement in the music industry.  The app has integrated recommendations that show which artists are trending as well as up and coming musicians.

Verdict: 3/5 potentially I think this app could be huge but right now it’s not quite there yet- maybe because I’m not willing to accept that that my suggested list includes Janet Jackson, Nelly Furtado and Emma Bunton (busted!). A great way to discover music and like you can preview music in the app. Definitely one for the future and it’s rating is likely to increase


 
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