Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is planning to connect three of the most popular messaging applications of the time. The process of integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger will probably take upto a year.
However this doesn’t mean that the three apps are merging in one app! All the three will exist with their current individual status, they will just be linked with each other. When it is done, for an example, a Facebook user who is currently online, won’t need to login from Instagram or WhatsApp, it automatically will make him logged in there too.
This will surely help and encourage the millions of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger users to stay more connected with friends and family. According to statistics, the total user number of which apps is around 2.6 million worldwide.
Mark Zuckerberg’s plan is still in the primary level. Facebook authority stated that the integration process may take upto end of this year or early next year to be completed.
In a statement Facebook told, “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private. We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”
End-to-end encryption is a kind of security setup, where only the people participating in a conversation can see the messages or stuffs they are sending to each other, no outsider can sneak. To ensure the safety and privacy of the users, nowadays all the major messaging platforms are covering their service under end-to-end encryption, including Facebook.
Tech experts are however seeing Mark Zuckerberg’s this recent plan as an attempt to grab control over these three messaging platforms, which all are now Facebook products. It is noted that only Messenger was launched as Facebook’s own messaging application, while WhatsApp and Instagram started their journey independently and soon managed to gain mass popularity. Zuckerberg and his team bought both the apps in recent years.
Despite serving the same messaging purpose, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger had strong unique presence from the beginning. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg never thought of merging them after he acquitted the apps. But may be now he is thinking these apps can atleast be inter-connected, so that the individual users of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger will remain more close to Facebook and thus far from it’s competitors; Google and Apple in specific.