As we’ve written about many a time , the biggest misconception in the world of messaging is that “texting” means a lot of different things. And while it’s a lovely rhetorical shortcut to call the delivery of words to another person “texting” there are so many different ways of doing it that it necessitates just how the messages get from point A to point B.
The oldest and most popular form of messaging (especially amongst Android users) is SMS and it’s very likely that the first time you used the term “text messaging” you were referring to this.
Other than SMS, the most popular forms of texting are:
Of course, iMessage is built into the Apple ecosystem and is unavailable to everyone else, so it’s popularity is distinctly tied to Apple device success.
On the third-party app front, here’s what the graph looks like
That’s what makes today’s news so important:
Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger
That’s right, according to the New York Times, Facebook (the owner of both) is uniting the two services. While, for the time being, the two user-facing apps will remain separate, it appears that functionally there will be a single system. The two largest messaging apps are becoming one.
What does it mean for you?
By partnering with us here at FranFunnel, you get the benefit of not having to worry about details like this as we eat, sleep, and breathe this stuff every day. We’ll make sure to keep y’all up to speed with what’s next in the messaging revolution.
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