Thursday, September 17, 2015
WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are both owned by Facebook (FB). These apps are pretty much becoming the same thing. I love Whatsapp. It is quick and lightweight. It is so easy to use and set up on your smartphone. After a year of use, you have to pay for the app, but it's not expensive. The only bad thing is that I don't have many friends that use Whatsapp. Everyone seems to be on Facebook Messenger. A the time of writing this, Facebook Messenger is the top free app on the Play Store. A lot of my friends only have Whatsapp because they studied abroad during college and wanted a free way to communicate back home.
Google Hangouts is great because I can talk to someone on my phone, and when I log into my Chromebook, I can continue the conversation. The same could be said for Facebook Messenger, you can continue conversations while logged into Facebook.
GroupMe is decent. I used it about it 4 years ago and I'm using it again. Back 4 years ago, I thought it was a pretty cool app, but I think it missed it's chance of becoming super popular. Part of it isn't GroupMe's fault, because Facebook Messenger got its users from having a huge social media site first. I could have the same group chats on WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Google Hangouts.
Like I mentioned earlier, having this many apps seems excessive. I'm not sure right now I can get rid of any apps because there's specific people I communicate with on each one. I will be looking into consolidating how I communicate with friends and family on my phone. I will let you know when I have an update!