On February 24 this year, WhatsApp celebrated its eighth birthday with a bang and when I say bang, it wasnt for WhatsApp but for its users. In a world, where virtuality is becoming the new reality, WhatsApp is trying to keep up with its competitors. Why though, is a question beyond my abilities to answer, given it has almost no competitors with over 1.2 billion users globally as of February 2017, which is way more than any other messaging services. Yet, Mark Zuckerberg thought it would be great idea plagiarising Snapchat. First he did that to Instagram and now his latest target became WhatsApp.
The 2009 creation of Jan Koum and Brian Action, WhatsApp has evolved from being just a status displaying app to a free messenger to a voice and video calling applications(2016), all the while massively increasing its user base. If only humans evolved at this speed, it would have made it easier for Facebook to understand that inculcating Snapchat in WhatsApp just because they could not buy it, is not the solution they needed. The latest update of WhatsApp that lets users to take photos, add emoji, text, stickers, and much more to them and then upload it as a status has been hugely rejected by its users. How could Koum know that he did not just sell WhatsApp to Facebook but also the originality of it!
So what was meant to be a big birthday bash for WhatsApp literally got WhatsApp bashed. You would think that someone who created something unique like Facebook has to be the last person to go around buying all the original applications and turning them into one single application he could not own.
It is high time Zuckerberg brought some originality to his products again!