Chat Apps

WhatsApp

Chat Apps are increasingly being used to replace SMS text messaging where it is free, offers group messaging and photo/video sharing.

Snapchat logoSnapchat is a video messaging application. Users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These photos and videos are known as ‘Snaps’. They delete automatically after a set amount of time unless the other user chooses to screenshot the snap. When a snap is posted the chosen recipient gets a notification.

Yik YakYik Yak is an app that allows people anonymously to create and view “Yaks” within a 5-mile radius. All users have the ability to contribute to the stream by writing, responding, and “voting up” or “voting down” (liking or disliking) yaks.

Other examples include:

  • GroupMe
  • Line
  • WeChat
  • Kakao Talk
  • MessageMe
  • Kik
  • Tango
  • Cubie
  • Facebook Messenger
  • Hike
  • Google Hangouts
  • Maaii
  • iMessage/FaceTime
  • BBM
  • Rounds
  • Skype
  • Viber
  • Nimbuzz
  • ChatON
  • Voxer
  • Summary

Privacy Apps

Telegram appIf you want total privacy, Telegram is an app where messages between users are free and private, and you can initiate a secret chat, which heavily encrypts messages user-to-user with a unique key, to avoid interception.

 

Active users of chat apps 

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Source: we are social

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