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The Messaging Apps Taking on Facebook, Phone Giants
March 27, 2013 (Wall Street Journal)
....These messaging apps—with funny names like WhatsApp, WeChat and KakaoTalk—have become an indispensable form of communication for hundreds of millions of people world-wide.
They are also rankling technology giants from Silicon Valley to Seoul. That is because when users like Mr. Dijkland send messages using Line, his mobile carrier Vodafone Group PLC and iPhone maker Apple Inc. don't directly profit from the interaction....
Beware to FB and others who greedily want to monetize user's every page-load, geo-coordinate, contact, keystroke or gesture... many users appear to be skipping the rest and just giving the likes of FB "the gesture", (the one FB deserves).
China's Instagram and Other Tech Startups Look West
Instagram, the photo-sharing app bought by Facebook (FB) last year, offers special effects that can give pictures a weathered black-and-white cast or retro tints. In Beijing, Xu Chaojun’s PaPa app does that, too. But it also lets users add voice messages that can sound like robots or cats. PaPa notched 10 million downloads in five months from iPhone and Android users; the company released an English-language version, Wave, on iTunes on March 10.
(I am still amazed at the scale of numbers tossed around on the web --- 10,000,000 downloads in 5 months -- that's 150 days).