Millions use WhatsApp daily to send text messages, videos, photos and even videos to each other. Despite this huge user base, its most reliable service for communication over data connections.
The founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerburg have just announced on his Facebook page that Facebook have reached an agreement with WhatsApp, it acquiring the WhatsApp along with all its existing employees. They would work together to improve the services like Facebook and WhatsApp.
Following is what Mark said about acquiring the WhatsApp in a public announcement on his Facebook Personal Page,
I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire WhatsApp and that their entire team will be joining us at Facebook.
Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. We do this by building services that help people share any type of content with any group of people they want. WhatsApp will help us do this by continuing to develop a service that people around the world love to use every day.
WhatsApp is a simple, fast and reliable mobile messaging service that is used by over 450 million people on every major mobile platform. More than 1 million people sign up for WhatsApp every day and it is on its way to connecting one billion people. More and more people rely on WhatsApp to communicate with all of their contacts every day.
WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook. The product roadmap will remain unchanged and the team is going to stay in Mountain View. Over the next few years, we’re going to work hard to help WhatsApp grow and connect the whole world. We also expect that WhatsApp will add to our efforts forInternet.org, our partnership to make basic internet services affordable for everyone.
WhatsApp will complement our existing chat and messaging services to provide new tools for our community. Facebook Messenger is widely used for chatting with your Facebook friends, and WhatsApp for communicating with all of your contacts and small groups of people. Since WhatsApp and Messenger serve such different and important uses, we will continue investing in both and making them each great products for everyone.
WhatsApp had every option in the world, so I’m thrilled that they chose to work with us. I’m looking forward to what Facebook and WhatsApp can do together, and to developing great new mobile services that give people even more options for connecting.
I’ve also known Jan for a long time, and I know that we both share the vision of making the world more open and connected. I’m particularly happy that Jan has agreed to join the Facebook board and partner with me to shape Facebook’s future as well as WhatsApp’s.
Jan and the WhatsApp team have done some amazing work to connect almost half a billion people. I can’t wait for them to join Facebook and help us connect the rest of the world.
So its clear from mark’s message above that this transaction would benefit both the Facebook as well as WhatsApp. Now a days there is real value of services which connect people and Mark Zuckerburg knows that very well. Same is reason he had acquired “Instagram” (A photo sharing mobile app with hundreds of millions of networked people globally) not many years ago.
Acquisitions like WhatsApp and Instagram help Facebook being the only most powerful social network over different platforms, specially after acquiring WhatsApp Facebook may try integrating it with Facebook chat enabling its users to send messages to and from WhatsApp users.
It merits mentioning here that Facebook and WhatsApp both are very popular with Pakistani people as well. In case of WhatsApp its popular choice of Pakistanis among similar apps wherever they have an internet connection available to them, same is the reason its ranked fourth for Pakistanis on Google Play store for Android and Facebook is ranked as third most popular app for Pakistanis on Google Play.
Update: Facebook will be buying WhatsApp in about $19 Billion USD, which is huge amount specially for a mobile application.
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