Was Facebook crazy to buy Whatsapp for $19.5 billion?
Does the deal make sense? On one hand, it's logical - Whatsapp is one of the largest IM apps in the world that has over 400 million active users right now. Whatsapp is large in China, Europe, Russia, Canada, Brazil, Australia and many other places. Actually, it’s often used as a direct competitor to Facebook Messenger.
All in all, though, for Facebook this might make sense, as the social network continues its aggressive expansion. At $19.5 billion, Facebook has paid a tenth of its own market cap to buy Whatsapp, but the ends sometimes justify the means. Is this true for this deal, or was Facebook just crazy to spend so much on a simple messaging app? What do you think?
- Was Facebook crazy to buy Whatsapp for $19.5 billion?
1875 votes (1875 votes) Yes
623 votes (623 votes) No
Was Facebook crazy to buy Whatsapp for $19 billion?
3. More than United Nations’ aid budget for 1 year
6. More than the total market cap of companies like Sony and United Airlines
7. More than the $12.5 billion Google paid for Motorola Mobility with all its patents
1. AfterShock (Posts: 2895; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Idk, but that made sure, I'll never use it again.
29. aksa123 (Posts: 229; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Why not ? Perhaps faceboobs will make whatsapp free for eternity !!!
2. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Facebook is definitely out of their mind, 19 billion is way to much. How many iphones, galaxies nexuses Xperias can you buy with that amount of money?
16. gustavoace (Posts: 104; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I downloaded mine for free... with 1 year of service... LOL
I think this will be just like waze. Facebook owns whatsapp, but the service will remain the same (I hope)
24. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1098; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
forget phones,,,umm try asking how many phone manufacturing units can i open or maybe even can I start my oen telecom company? :)
But hey if Mark has thee money and it is his money, so who am I to judge? If he wants to spend it on whatsapp or whats-his-face...let him
27. imran86 (Posts: 43; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)
He is an Illuminati and is dictated by them what to do, that's why facebook has a 173 billion USD market value right now.
38. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Not sure about Illuminati, but you may have something there as people are being zombified by social media...at the very worst, Facebook is just data mining software for the our gov't, and the brilliant thing about this is that people are willing participants - a govervnment's dream come true is to have its citizens willingly give up some of, or all of, their rights - see PATRIOT ACT.....
31. aksa123 (Posts: 229; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
FB : happy valentine WA !!
WA : happy valentine too FB !!
FB : you know, I've loved you for a long time, I was so glad that you turned down Google. So, will you go out with me?
WA : wh-wha... how much do you love me, FB?
FB : as much as $19 billion in total.
WA : let's get married !
FB : ou yeah :)
Go home Mark, you are DRUNK !!!
34. kanagadeepan (Posts: 712; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
That boy Mark is looking like a crazy kid with Dad's Credit Card buying out everything in store without knowing value for money...
3. kurdt (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)
i dont think whats app has a lot of users in china
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30. aksa123 (Posts: 229; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
Nope, Mark Suckerbeard is WAY beyond nuts, he's peanut butter.
5. FaiTheZal (Posts: 2; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)
It's an overkill, if u ask me. But, for whatever WhatsApp is worth, i will still use it as long as the simplicity of this app is maintained.. no pop-up ads, stickers, etc. - as this simplicity is main distinguishable criterion to other messaging services & this is the one thing that got me hooked-up wit WhatsApp.
6. bachir8k (Posts: 101; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
yes it's the only decent IM, fast, simple and reliable but 19.5 B is totally insane, if they invest only 1 billion in the R&D for IM, they will succeed in taking the leadership from whatsapp especially where they are already in the second place...
7. akki20892 (Posts: 3618; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Mark: who erase the dot, we had a deal 1.6b
8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
I hopeFB goes bankrupt. Plus who cares.
9. khairy-j (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
16bill for whatsapp..is more pricey compare to motorola n nokia when they sell it off
10. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
If you ask me it's available for free download in all app stores and even if FB did not want to pay the price after a years' free usage, they could've downloaded a cracked apk!! Why pay 19 bil!? :P
11. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2800; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
They could have downloaded it. :P
And Nokia's Mobile division for just 7 billion.
12. livyatan (Posts: 732; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
19 FREAKING BILLION for a generic messaging service that has about 20 just as good or better alternatives? ?
We need another definition of crazy
26. snowgator (Posts: 3276; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Okay... We can close the thread and the poll after that comment. Made me laugh HARD.
Well said, livyatan. No more to say here.
13. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Yes that's just absolutely crazy money. Just imagine what's possible with that kind of money. Also hopefully this news should help me push my friends and family onto hangouts if Facebook start changing stuff
14. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
are there any non fanboy phone obsessed people in here with an ounce of business sense?
35. kanagadeepan (Posts: 712; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
I know one boy with NO business sense and lot of money to WASTE. His name is Mark Zukerberg...
17. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)
Great idea. WhatsApp is making crazy money and threatens Facebook Messenger. On the other hand, I never used it (WhatsApp) so I don't care.
18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1643; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Can't beat em, buy em. Looks like Apple's motto
19. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
Frontline did a great article on Facebook and how marketers are using kids to promote their products via Facebook and other online sites. After you watch that show, you'll see this made sense.
20. aldridhl (Posts: 55; Member since: 12 Feb 2011)
If FB paid this much for a messaging app, then MS should've paid a little more for Nokia...
21. Jason78 (Posts: 70; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
Facebook is planning for the life after Facebook. I makes sense to invest in companies that are up and coming before your business is on the downward trend and you can't buy companies with stock. (Only $4 Billon of the purchase was in cash, they rest is in Facebook stock.)
22. Haridenberg (Posts: 27; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)
12 zeros?! Is it British billions?! LOL
28. Run.n.Gun (Posts: 29; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)
haha apparently they paid in the trillions
25. srk_srinivas (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)
at the end of the day facebook will get an office building just for 19 billion...
36. kanagadeepan (Posts: 712; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Just guess what would Mark pay if he was the one who is purchasing Nokia or Motorola? 7 Trillion$ for Nokia without patents and 13 Trillion$ for Motorola without patents...
37. napsterO6 (Posts: 18; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)
I would say its a good purchase
The main point of Facebook is Connection
They want the whole world to be connected......
Whatsapp would help them to connect more
40. TBomb (Posts: 162; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)
I feel like whatever whatsapp has to offer, facebook can do in thier chat? If they combine them, i see nothing gained
39. networkdood (Posts: 6310; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
And, here I thought people overpaying for an ok phone in the iPhone were crazy....wowsers...