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Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram: one chat app for everything?

Soon you can from Instagram send messages to Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp, and vice versa. That can chat a lot easier.

Today the messages from your family, friends and colleagues often spread in a half-dozen virtual mailboxes: e-mail, sms, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Snapchat, iMessage and …

Today the messages from your family, friends and colleagues often spread in a half-dozen virtual mailboxes: e-mail, sms, Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Snapchat, iMessage, and what’s even more, all of you. That is in the future a little easier: Facebook has Friday confirmed that the are chat apps on each other to connect.

The New York Times had earlier in the day about the message. For tomorrow is not yet, but by the end of 2019 or early 2020, it will probably be so far away: then you can get messages back and forth to steer between Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram.

The although they remain separate apps. And it seems there is absolutely no question of having that common message hub also open up to the apps of other companies, for example, Signal, Telegram or Apple iMessage.

Facebook is today by far the most important player in the chat, except in China, where WeChat, the paste is waving. Through its different platforms together, it is perhaps even more difficult for other companies to compete. Especially for Google, which has for years been stubbornly but vainly tries a foothold in that market segment.

Google now put all in on Google Messages, a app included on all Android smartphones. Also Google Messages, is presented as a kind of universal chat client, because it combines sms and its successor, rcs (rich communication services). As mobile operators (such as Proximus and Orange on our rcs to enter, what is still not certain, Google is suddenly very strong. Possible anticipates Facebook on it.

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For Facebook, it is a radical change of course. Instagram and Whatsapp were Facebook bought out, respectively, in 2012 and 2014, but they were years of more or less independent of their own course. The past year started that change, which has led to the resignation of toplui in both subsidiaries (including Whatsapp founder Jan Koum).

To the apps to connect to the same messaging system, radical changes are needed. On Facebook Messenger, and Instagram you can log in with your name, on Whatsapp with your mobile number – both systems together has undoubtedly consequences for the privacy of users, and not everyone will be equally happy with.

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