The five reasons for the popularity of WhatsApp

The five reasons for the popularity of WhatsApp

Internet users of Monde. explain why and how they use the instant messaging application that Facebook has just bought for 19 billion dollars.

  • It’s free …

“I started using Whatsapp in 2010 on the advice of an American friend. It was and still is, a free way to communicate easily with people residing outside while the cost of SMS to or from abroad remains exorbitant. ” Julien F.

 most telephone operators offer very affordable ‘unlimited sms’ packages, especially since the arrival of Free on the mobile telephony market. WhatsApp is therefore especially useful abroad. But other European operators (Spanish, Italian, Polish, etc.) do not necessarily offer this type of subscription, so users have to pay a few cents for each SMS. For these users, WhatsApp is like an ‘unlimited plan’. » Roman

“I discovered WhatsApp during my Erasmus in Barcelona in 2012 thanks to my Catalan roommate, who, like most Spaniards, uses this app because of the extremely expensive rates there for the telephone plans. Thanks to Wi-Fi, this app allowed me to communicate for free without having to buy a Spanish SIM card and to keep in touch with my family and friends in  » Johanna V.

  • and friendly

“We equipped our parents (60 years) with smartphones for Christmas, and created a WhatsApp discussion group dedicated to the family circle … And the results exceed our expectations: spontaneous and almost daily exchanges, the photos of the grandson shared live … WhatsApp allows us to strengthen family ties despite the distance of 800 km and the generations that separate us. » Mokuren

“This system allows us, my daughters and me, to send free messages (very important for them … and for me), very playful with emoticons. We send each other little words, our moods of the day or the moment, photos, videos, it’s really very funny! » Isabelle S.

“Among its advantages, WhatsApp indicates if our contact is currently online (that is to say if he is currently using the application), if he has recently connected (date of last connection) and if a message sent has been received. ” Yann R.

  • The possibility of creating discussion groups …

“The ‘conversation’ mode allows you to launch common discussions. It’s simple and efficient to organize outings and parties, for example. ” Louis I.

“You can create conversation groups, choosing the people you want to chat with, as well as the group’s theme. It can be a group of friends who debrief exclusively on the Bachelor, a group of friends who share their passion for Fauve ≠, friends who share their daily life, work, children … For example, I have a conversation group with friends all over the world: Angola, Nantes, Paris, Marseille, Mulhouse … Our conversation is almost permanent: little hassles, big news, blunders, music, photos, stress, trips … Everything goes, and we keep in touch much more than by e-mail or telephone. In short, I could not do without it. » Clémence P.

“I think group chats on WhatsApp is one of the main reasons the app is so popular: their format makes them easy to navigate, it’s also easy to identify the sender among the dozens of the group and the possibilities settings are very varied. ” Louis

  • and send attachments

I use WhatsApp on a daily basis because this application allows sending various forms of content with just one click. With other apps like traditional messaging, Facebook, Gmail, etc., sending a video or photo takes much longer because there is more manipulation to do. Not to mention that few, if any, of these applications offer as many features as WhatsApp that are so easy to use (text messages, video clips, audio, geolocation). ” Louis

“There is no size limit in sending files, unlike sending MMS. WhatsApp is really halfway between email and text, it’s modern and practical when operators have changed very little to SMS since its creation. ” Julien F.

  • A universal application that can be used freely 

“The advantage of WhatsApp is that it adapts to all types of smartphones and is relatively neutral: that is, it is not censored in countries like Saudi Arabia, unlike other apps like Viber. » Benjamin O.

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