Got a Facebook account as a student when it was exciting and new, then after a couple of years deleted it for most of my twenties. Set up a new account a few years back mainly to keep in touch with some family members.
almost certain they deliberately did that to split the younger users who started using instagram, and the older less experienced users who are probably less likely to be bothered with a cluttered UI with loads of bells and whistles even though they’re all useless.
Knew a few people in college who connected their twitter to Facebook so the home page would be clogged up with the same person live-blogging every movie they watched or threads full of blatant subtweets that became twelve status updates in a row.
How does WhatsApp make money? What’s it’s income stream? There are no adverts and no subscription fees.
So I suppose I’m just presuming it’s selling user data. But they bang on about end-to-end encryption and not being able to see content. But it’s gotta be all about the selling of data, right? But, like, just aggregated and depersonalised.
Have read a couple of shit articles. Which mention a WhatsApp for Business things, where the business has to pay if they don’t respond within 24hrs. Or something. But who the hell talks to a business via WhatsApp?
That messenger.com link is seemingly just advertising the app to me?
Tried going to Facebook.com and selecting the Messenger menu item. Does nothing.
This is all on mobile, by the way.
So I tried what I used to do but got very bored of: desktop mode. Yep. Can access messages that way. Got a few unread ones sitting there from weeks and years ago. Remembered why I abandoned it: the other person can see whether/when you’ve read a message. Found that very annoying. Creates a pressure to respond in a certain timeframe. Can’t be doing with it.
I accept that much of this is to do with me just being quite antisocial and/or often finding non-direct social interaction with people I know quite stressful.
My email inbox and SMS app are already riddled with this sort of thing. WhatsApp being entirely free of that rammel is a central and major factor in WhatsApp being useable (from my POV, at least).
Can see how freelance and tour stuff works for you. Personally, I’d probably prefer email, but I accept that I’m likely in the minority here. E.g. businesses (I’m thinking mainly local cafes, here) that seem to have Instagram as their primary point of contact, taking orders etc via that method, is just not my bag.