What are messengers? A “messenger” is a simple program for exchanging text messages,
Email communication is such an integral part of business culture, that it can difficult to imagine it being replaced; however, messengers have come a long way since the early days of ICQ and Yahoo messenger, and business users are taking note. For the commerce-minded among us, messengers need to serve a few key functions. They have had to be able to receive and accept important information on time, aid the user in keeping up with the news and allow groups to conduct meetings, negotiations, etc. remotely. Messengers were initially just software you could install on a computer, which limited them and their business possibilities. But since they have taken new form as mobile apps, there has been
Below we have collected the top 9 cross-platform messengers around the globe.
WhatsApp may have become the most popular messenger worldwide, with an audience of over a billion users. Built using the Erlang programming language, WhatsApp appeared in 2009, before being bought in 2013 by Facebook, who has owned it ever since. This app has gone ad-free, and all it takes to use it is a simple download and registration using a phone number. Once you’ve done that, WhatsApp automatically
Messenger (the official Facebook messenger)
Messenger was built for the rapid exchange of messages and files and integrated with Facebook Chat in 2011. Messenger is available for a number of mobile platforms (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows phone), in addition to its web version. Through Messenger, users experience Facebook chats in real time. Facebook is heavily promoting this application as a place where users can, send files and make free VoIP calls. For marketing professionals, there is good news as well: as of April 2016, Messenger supports bots, so you can generate the right types of news and ads on Messenger.
WeChat is a messenger from the Chinese company Tencent. Their audience includes about 700 million users, both in and outside of China, and is available on mobile devices and the web. Functionally, WeChat is quite similar to other messenger services, but where it is quite unique is its distinctive feature for chatting with strangers. The way it works is you shake your phone and WeChat sends you a new friend to chat with at random.
WeChat has integrated with social networks, and it also works for electronic payments and money transfers. Additionally, the app has a business version, Enterprise WeChat, built specifically for companies,
Viber provides free VoIP
Skype needs no introduction. One of the oldest applications for online video and voice calls, Skype
Slack is a convenient corporate messenger, a collaboration tool which suits large companies with multiple departments and a large staff. Users can only join through invitation. Slack has its own hosting and is integrated with such services as Google Drive, Dropbox, GitHub, Twitter, Trello,
Telegram is one of WhatsApp’s main competitors, and it is a fast-growing messenger which first launched in 2013. Its creators are dedicated to the idea that Telegram is and will always remain a free app for its users. Moreover, Telegram is reported to be the most secure messenger because of the encryption system it uses for “secret chats”.
Signal (Private Messenger)
Using the right messenger can open up many doors, thanks to their functionality, and help us navigate those opportunities with simple and accessible interfaces. Beyond that, many have taken great steps towards improved security, meaning improved communications and improved business.