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.
A 2020 thing or beyondLong 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.