Facebook’s been finding ways to improve messaging and compete with messaging companies. Having called off the deal with Snapchat lately. Facebook finally buys Whatsapp for $19B! But was it all worth it?
I mean, talk about the service, the 315 million daily active users, the super talented team, the competition, all the stock, it’s more than worth for Facebook.
This is HUGE! FYI, Microsoft bought Nokia for $7.1 Billion, Google sold Motorola for just $2.91 Billion. WhatsApp is more than x5 Motorola, x2 Nokia. Go figure!
According the co-founder Jan Koum, though, Whatsapp is changing absolutely nothing. So those living under the rock using Whatsapp shall not be disturbed a smidgen.
WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.
So whether you think Facebook deserved or not deserved Whatsapp, it has the key to the best car in the showroom now.
And for all those who don’t know, WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, Android and Nokia.