iMessage or iMess? Zuckerberg says merging WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook aims for Apple-like chat

iMessage or iMess? Zuckerberg says merging WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook aims for Apple-like chat
The eventual merger of the Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp chat apps that leaked not long ago was just confirmed by none other than Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the quarterly earnings conference call with investors.

Long story short, it's not happening before 2020, he advised, and yet is very much on the company's mind, with a twist. Zuckerberg, it turns out, is a fan of not only merging all these communication channels into one but also sidestepping SMS functions over the phone network, and encrypting it all, as Apple does with iMessage:


It's hard to fathom three more disparate communication channels than Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp, though, so it's going to be a challenge creating one experience that has the visual appeal of Instagram, the functionality of Messenger and the simplicity of WhatsApp, but with record $7 billion earned just this past quarter, we are fairly certain the team will think of something. It's not going to happen this year, though, and Mark Zuckerberg is very excited about the end-to-end encryption idea, too.


Instagram is the all-the-rage social network at the moment, everyone is on Facebook, and there are vast countries like India where WhatsApp is the main channel for communication, so merging those three in one universal package sounds like a recipe for success. Given Facebook's track record lately, though, what with the teen VPN scamming, or third-party info brokers downloading user data at will, such an undertaking is also fraught with potential perils. 

If Mark Zuckerberg is really bent on clearing up the air when it comes to privacy and fake news virality on the Facebook platform, though, a brand new communication experience, complete with end-to-end encryption, is a good way to start things from scratch. We are all about second chances.

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28 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

seriously....who uses facebook after all the crap they have done.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

User base continues to grow. There is no equivalent for people to gravitate to.

19. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Hate to rub your buzzz but Facebook still grow and increase user base.

2. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

and can someone tell me what makes whatsapp so darn popular? cant the same be achieved by just using sms?

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

No, it can't be. Whatsapp is not just text, plus it's free, easy to backup and I personally don't like it, but my friend uses it, so I have it on my phone. The minute is merged with regular FB app, it goes away for good. Discord is better anyway, so those sloth will have to learn to use another app instead.

20. Vega007

Posts: 86; Member since: May 18, 2017

Discord lol...give me a break.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

End to end encryption and more IM features than SMS.

11. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

encryption that facebook controls which is a little concerning, and what features besides text, pics, gif and videos do you need to message someone?

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I had to open that app, I really have no clue :-D You can send files and make voice/video calls - no idea what is the quality, I never used it.

15. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

just looked online, my phones built in texting app can do almost 99% of everything whatsapp does but without passing through facebooks servers first. its a solution to a problem that never existed. some of my freinds refuse to use regular sms and i tell them i will not use whatsapp to text.

17. RoryBreaker

Posts: 237; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Actually you're quite wrong. WhatsApp has video calls, video conference calls, allows for free international calls. It also has the ability to send documents, send very large video & audio files and can do this all without being connected to any wireless carrier network. So SMS can actually only do about 40/50% of WhatsApp capabilities.

18. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

well i can send any size file i want with my phone built in sms, and my cell plan has unlimited international use, and i also use wifi texting when i dont have service, along with video calls, if its in my files i can send it. just seems unnecessary to have all my texts be sent to Facebook first.

21. RoryBreaker

Posts: 237; Member since: Oct 11, 2015

Then you are not talking about standard SMS. There are limitations to that technology. Lemme know if you can send a 80mb file as an traditional SMS message, I'll tell you in advance...you can't.

27. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

for video and pictures it works, just gets compressed greatly. if i need to send an 80mb file i just send via google drive link, and since iphones cant recieve files other than videos and pictures, other android users have zero problem receiving it, hell i could send 400GB if i wanted to.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Personally this sounds like an awesome idea. All my people are spread out all over and using one app to message them all is the closest we will ever get to something like iMessage on Android. For once I'm on Zuckerbergs side.

4. LEEDAQ

Posts: 188; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

if WhatsApp merge with Facebook then I won't use it anymore, I don't trust Facebook

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1051; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

You can stop trusting WhatsApp, as it's owned by Facebook..

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4264; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao. Shut it all down and try Instagram instead!!! Hahhaha

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

That was sarcasm, right? It's hard to tell these days

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

this needed to be done a long time ago... but the nature of android "strength in difference" is the reason why a unified messaging app has been so difficult and you cant just force it on users

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6824; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

All these apps are free to consumers, yet they earned 7 billion.

28. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I know when i was oversee there was a yearly that whatsapp would ask for, I think less than $2 (not sure because of exchange rates) per year. At the same time I think they get about $1 per download. There were many variables on how they got the money, it's confusing, depended on your internet/mobile carrier and sometime phone the person Used. I think they stoped the yearly subscription fee a while back. A merger with Facebook and Instagram allow Advertising (I assume), and would triple advertising potential=$$$$$$$$$$$$

16. baldilocks

Posts: 1540; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

He's nuts.

22. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

La Trio aka FiW (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsup)

23. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

La Trio aka FiW (Facebook, Instagram, Whatsup) user base is growing but at the same time Many are leaving or have left. A merger maximizes everything, most FiW users have profiles/accounts on the network. On the other hand, many people are leaving Facebook particularly for instagram and others, so a merger locks them in. Why cant he just say its for the better integration (a nicer lie) .Facebook (FiW) is about being the Google of messaging/advertisement and Social Networking and thats fine BUT ITS really about making more money with less. And Facebook (FiW) will NOT be secure like Imessage or BBM (its equivalent, even more, secure in my opinion), because FiW is public and just FiW history with every concerning data/personal info. MONEY

24. ProudFather

Posts: 26; Member since: Jan 04, 2019

I'm ditching Whatsapp if that happens. I stopped using FB long ago and don't find Instagram useful.

25. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I left Facebook, trying out Vero for now, yeah lost contacts on Facebook but that's the whole point if we don't communicate You/I are just number. Still on Whatsapp for some friends/family but I use BBM, for those closest to me.

26. jmarti

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 19, 2018

The way I see it is by 2020 we will move from sms standard to RCS messaging standard, which is similar to iMessage, BBM, telegram, Facebook messenger and android chat.

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