The fast pace growth in technology has changed the face of social media and the mode of interaction among folks. Gone are the days when Gtalk and Facebook were accessed through desktop or briefcase computers.
The nifty little gadgets termed as “Smart Phones” have made it feasible to use these social networking applications on them. In fact; they have paved a way for the launch of many such instant messaging applications wherein a huge number of people can be pulled into a conversation at a single time.
There are hundreds of instant messaging applications such as WhatsApp, Viber, Instagram, etc. which enable transmission of messages among family and friends in a very cost-effective manner. They eliminate the fret of shelling out huge sum of money for keeping in touch with kith and kin. Besides texting, one can share clicked pictures and shot videos in the close-knit and social circles. These cross-platform texting apps have emerged to be an alternative for SMS and MMS and have become a major part of Smartphone usage.
WhatsApp has bet, in terms of popularity many other messaging platforms such as Viber, Line, etc. and has grown explosively in recent years, providing users with the most convenient way of connecting to friends and family. This instant messaging app is comprehensible and viable to use, independent of the geographical location. It allows its users to upload display images, update their status, share text, video, images, audio files, locations on the personal window, or in forums and facilitates the expression of emotions using emoticons.
Another two applications which have joined the crowded sector of social media platforms, “MessageMe” and “WeChat”, are proving to be a threat to the popularity of WhatsApp as they have more advanced features.
Let’s have a quick glance on the cool features of “We Chat”
Tencent’s “WeChat” kicked off in the year 2010 and has rapidly grown since then with around 100 million users in March 2012 which have risen dramatically to 300 million this year. In order to give you all a detailed description, I myself downloaded the app, and here is what I found.
We chat allows free audio and video calls in addition to sending and receiving text messages, unlike WhatsApp or MessageMe where carrier charges apply. The process is like dialing contacts in your cell phone contact book. The feasibility to send voice messages is one of the best features of WeChat which makes texting easier.
Are you dying of boredom? Is everyone on your contact list busy? Want to make new friends?
Then shake your phone and find people who are shaking their phones around locally as well as across the world. This interesting option helps to expand your social network, make new friends and is a good time killer. However, be careful you do not reveal your personal information which can be misused.
Not comfortable talking to people globally?
Do not fret… The “Look Around” option connects you to people nearby with whom you can share your interests, thus expanding your social network within a certain radius.
Remember “Drift bottle” used in oceanography?
No need to invest time and go and throw a bottle in the sea as “WeChat” helps to throw a text message or voice message in the sea from your own location at a single click. This will be picked up by any stranger and you can kick off with a conversation. The sender and receiver of Drift Bottle remain anonymous until they decide to become friends.
Isn’t this a cool and arcane way of making buddies?
For those who are ignorant about the features of “Message Me”, Let me put you in picture!
Message me, officially launched to the public in March 2013, is just one among other free mobile messaging apps but with supplementary features which makes it even more appealing and interesting for the users. Though it is a newbie in the social networking sector, it has already caught a lot of attention.
What is that makes “Message me” so imploring?
With message me, the attachment of media is quite swift and instantaneous. To cite, you can upload an existing video, shoot a new video or search for one on YouTube that can be added to chat and this is played inline. There is no need to open up YouTube separately, copy the link, return to the chat window, paste the link, and then send it to the person at the other end of the chat.
Apart from sharing text, images, videos, and location, it has one of the most unique features called “doddle” wherein sketches can be drawn and shared with friends, thus providing strong visual and personalization features. Using this option, images received can be edited by giving captions, can be annotated, and circulated within the social circle with a picturesque effect.
For someone who is a Gizmo freak, this application is a boon. Once you sign up for MessageMe, you can sign in through any other gadget and all the messages are kept in-sync across the multiple gadgets used. If the user permits then “MessageMe” imports contacts from Facebook. You can also add sticker-style icons to make the chat more lively and visual.
The addition of these applications to the mobile messaging platform has redefined mobile communication.
With the various choices available which one would you prefer to keep in touch with friends and family?
The simple and easy to use “WhatsApp”, Doodling on “MessageMe” or Shaking and looking around with “WeChat” – So which one do you prefer and use effectively among these?