Messenger Apps Becoming the Norm

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Are messenger apps becoming the norm?

Instant Messengers have been around almost as long as emails.  The first was introduced in the late 1980’s, called AOL Instant Messenger, which became an immediate success. At any time, you could send a message to anyone you saw online.

Not that much has changed today, except the fact that instant messenger type apps are prevalent in most of the social networking sites out there including: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat and others.

According to Facebook, 900 million people use the Facebook messenger app and 1 billion use the popular WhatsApp app on their mobile devices and computers.

Statista recently developed an infographic on messenger apps. They found that WhatsApp is the most popular messenger app on the market today. More than 1 billion people worldwide use this app for its ease on talking with people overseas. But many also use it for calling their family and friends overseas, sending videos via instant messenger, sending text messages and, also sending audio files.

WhatsApp also uses the same 24 hour “disappearing act” as SnapChat. You can post a photo or a video and after 24 hours, it’s gone.  Today, it’s about immediacy. This tactic is loved by millennials because of the instant gratification. If you missed the boat, there will always be another one not too far behind.

With the popularity of social media and messenger apps, we’ve become the “it’s all about me,” generation, sending messages to friends, colleagues and clients 24/7 and expecting a reply immediately.  The problem is, you often need to stop what you’re doing to respond to the message, whereby the message becomes more important than the medium.

Does this make our lives harder or easier?  We’ll let you decide. In the meantime, share with us your favorite messenger service.