The editorial staff of a popular media outlet Lifehacker has presented an interesting case. They received a letter from a reader, complaining about the countless number of obscure (in his opinion) instant messengers, the most famous ones for him being WhatsApp, Viber, iMessage, Snapchat, Kik, Facebook Messenger. This got the user thinking: why on Earth would I need one of them if I have easy text messaging?
One of the in-house authors of the weblog agreed with the sender that selecting a messenger for use today is an uneasy task, since new apps for instant messaging pop up daily. Then the journalist decided to single out the top (in his opinion) instant messengers, depending on the set tasks. However, before doing so he saw it fit to explain that messengers are not just a means of communication for teenagers, they are after far greater global goals. By the way, there’s a good chance that a messenger is already installed on a brand-new smartphone, because when you buy an Android gadget you get Google Hangouts as your default messenger. iPhone owners get the built-in iMessage, respectively. There’s another group of messengers like WhatsApp and Snapchat that help make communication easier by enriching it with various features.
WHATSAPP: INSTEAD OF TEXTING
The author linked this messenger’s popularity to the development of Wi-Fi, which made it easier to use WhatsApp anywhere by uniting the users of all mobile platforms. A clear understanding of the app’s purpose paved the road to its unprecedented popularity.
SNAPCHAT: FOR PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS
Snapchat is a platform for sending self-destruct videos and photos. This simplicity that won over the majority of teenagers. Additionally, it helps you make quick decisions, such as “which tie should I wear?”.
FIRECHAT: LOCAL CHATTING
This one is one of the most interesting messengers out there to date. What makes it unique is its technology, allowing anonymous communication with near-by users via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. That is to say that it does not require a permanent Internet connection, setting it apart in good light from other messengers.
EMU: FOR TRUE GEEKS
This IM was designed for those who appreciate productivity. The design is fairly simple, which helps you perfectly plan your schedule with the help of the calendar. Some people call Emu “WhatsApp for adults”.
TINDER: FOR THOSE PLAYING THE FIELD
A peculiar app that helps people find one another online. A typical concept that, surprisingly, is implemented quite nicely and competently. You mark the users you like and if the feeling is mutual – you start talking. In addition, the messenger is equipped with extra functions for exchanging photos.
SURESPOT: PRO SAFETY
In light of the trend and obsession with security a new messenger has been created. It will protect personal data from hackers, but, alas, it probably won’t be able to hide from the NSA (National Security Agency). This selection was made purely by the editorial staff and doesn’t make any claims to be an objective opinion. However, the app is rather user-friendly and, as was mentioned earlier, well encrypted from prying eyes. You can exchange photos, videos and, naturally, texts and set a “visibility” timer for each message.