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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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2/26/2014 | 2:59:56 PM
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Good riddance. Facebook's attempt to take over communication was almost as unwelcome as Google+.
Kristin Burnham
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2/26/2014 | 4:02:25 PM
Re: finally
Agreed. If there's one thing Facebook is good at, it's knowing when to call it quits with a feature or product.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/27/2014 | 9:07:25 PM
Re: finally
After spending $19B to grab WhatsApp -- and given the general assumption no one under 30 uses email anymore -- it makes sense that FB would focus on group texting and abandon email. 
WKash
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2/28/2014 | 5:19:13 PM
Re: finally
I think you're point is somehow reflected in the price Facebook paid for WhatsApp. Facebook needs to stay in front of hundreds of millions people daily, even if its not on Facebook itself.
Kristin Burnham
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2/28/2014 | 5:45:31 PM
Re: finally
Exactly, Wyatt. Facebook knows that teens are a very important demographic, and it knows that they're leaving Facebook. WhatsApp -- which is popular among teens -- was a strategic acquisition for this reason.
WKash
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WKash,
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2/28/2014 | 7:10:00 PM
Re: finally
WhatsApp is also popular for a lot of folks I know who have friends and family scattered all over the place -- and thw world -- who want to keep up on group texts.  I use a competing service, but clearly WhatsApp is the place to be.

 
Kristin Burnham
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3/3/2014 | 8:34:03 PM
Re: finally
I'm curious: Do you use WhatsApp instead of traditional texting or iMessage?
WKash
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WKash,
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3/3/2014 | 9:10:11 PM
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I use a competive product to WhatsApp for all my group text messages to family and different groups of friends.  Interestingly, i'm getting close to the point where I'm wondering, why pay for my monthly text service with my carrier when I can use IP-based text messaging.


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