The Future of All Messengers
Millions of people use messengers daily. But there are so many such apps out there that we as users often feel overwhelmed. It all started with ICQ, the very first chat that we all had on our computers. Like with many other products, at some point its evolution slowed down, and it got replaced by Skype mainly. Skype was way cooler than ICQ, that’s why a lot of people migrated to it. Then appeared Viber which was lighter than Skype and worked better on mobile than Skype did. And guess what? A whole lot of messaging apps appeared afterward. You name it:
Now, you have a full list of chat apps to install on your smartphone. And I bet you are using more than one app. For example, I use the following messengers:
- Facebook Messenger, to stay in touch with my Facebook friends
- WhatsApp, to connect with my close friends who hate Messenger
- Viber, to stay in touch with my family members and relatives in Russia
- Pinngle, to connect with my relatives who live abroad and also to update my Pinngle Public Channel and to follow influencer channels
- Google Hangouts, because some of my business partners use it
- Slack, because it’s our official business chat
- Snapchat, because I don’t want to feel too old
I don’t have WeChat, or Signal but I could have had them too.
Now, the good news is that all these apps have got something (or a few things) very cool to offer. For example, Pinngle has got the so-called Pinngle Public-Channel which hosts a lot of interesting people like social activists, influencers, bloggers, writers etc. And I like to follow them, read them, view what they are sharing. At the same time, it’s convenient for me to not leave the messenger. It’s a kind of all-in-one platform for me where I can chat, share files, photos, make voice/video calls, and follow interesting people.
But the bad news is that while I have got all these apps, they are all running in the background and draining my battery. If I uninstall any of them, I might lose the connection with some of my friends or family members. I obviously don’t want that to happen.
However, in the long run, we uninstall some apps especially those that look like the copies of others. App makers know this and each of them strives to make their app stand out with better usability, stronger features, lower call-out rates.
Facebook Messenger, for example, has introduced the chatbots which are fun and engaging and seem to be going to transform the whole messaging experience. With a chatbot, you can order pizza, order a taxi, book a table in a restaurant and do a whole lot of crazy stuff.
My favorite Pinngle app is also going to implement the feature of chatbots. And I guess chatbots are going to revolutionize Pinngle experience, too by making it even cooler.
Another thing that a lot of messengers use are the sticker packs. If you are a lover of stickers, emojis and stuff like that, then you are going to love what Viber and Telegram offer.
Messengers are evolving actively. And I believe that they will transform into something really innovative especially if we consider that developers are actively seeking alternatives like a messenger powered by the Blockchain technology.
A lot of fresh concepts show how far the messengers could go. They have all the chances to become the all-in-one platform that a lot of people want to experience.
What are your thoughts regarding the messaging apps?
Do you believe they have a very bright future?
Author: Anna Aria
I’m a startup enthusiast and a brand storyteller. Helped a lot of startups with building their content marketing strategy from scratch. Currently founder and publisher of Anatown.