Facebook Messenger vs WhatsApp

Internet issues, Smartphones

  • Helena
  • 1 Sep 2012
  • 16 comment

Ever since the internet and smartphones started being part of our lives, new forms of communication have arose: e-mails, video conferences, texts… But maybe the most important one is the lattest. Chat rooms were very popular in the 90s, but what’s really kicking in today is mobile texting. Apps like WhatsApp have become outrageously popular due to its free internet-based texting system. However, Facebook has recently launched its Messenger, and the question is: what exactly is the difference between these two? Well, here is what these two apps are about:

whatsappIt’s a messaging application for smartphones that allows users to send text, pictures, videos or audio messages. It sends data through the internet, so that users don’t have to spend texts, and it offers the possibility of creating larger chat groups (up to 12 participants). This app is available for iOS, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows Phone. It’s a free app and ads free.

whatsapp messenger

Facebook Messenger
Facebook-MessengerFacebook Messenger is a new application launched by Facebook that can be installed in your mobile device or your desktop computer. Using this app you can get notified when you have a new message or comment in your Facebook profile. While it’s not conceived as a chat tool per se, it also allows you to chat with whoever is online of your Facebook friends and send them attachments, so it is pretty much like the embedded messenging app in Facebook, only on the go. The only thing that can possibly make this better than any other messenging app is the fact that it integrates Skype video calls.


Other messenger apps

So although these two may be the most obvious messenging mobile apps, there are many other options that are worth considering. Canada-based Kik, for instance, has gained 40 million users since it was first launched in 2010, and MessageMe is another Silicon Valley company that claims to have reached 1 million downloads in its first week.

But the Asian market is, without a doubt, where messaging apps are more popular. Tencent’s WeChat (with 400 million users, far more than Twitter, for instance), LINE (with 120 million users) and KakaoTalk (with 80 million users) are some of the Asian companies to watch in the future, as they are promising to expand to other markets with the same success that they are having in Asia.


  1. Mike Mike 03/09/2012 at 00:29:08 Responder

    Whatsapp messenger is a great app, you can also include it as a travel app because it works worldwide.

  2. deepesh 09/09/2012 at 02:49:28 Responder

    whats app is very amazing application and very simple to use this app … like to visit again its a very perfect writing ..on your blog

  3. Gavin Davies 20/09/2012 at 23:05:35 Responder

    Think WhatApp is my favorite, as it is easy to use, and feels as good as phone text messaging. As well using you’re phone number, as user name for WhatApp is brilliant idea.

  4. Lanre 26/11/2012 at 03:30:45 Responder

    Can Facebook Messenger ever beat Whatsapp? I doubt that

  5. chandanshiv vivian 01/12/2012 at 01:52:06 Responder

    this app is nice for chtng

  6. chandanshiv vivian 01/12/2012 at 01:52:26 Responder

    its very easy alos

  7. Endji davis 15/12/2012 at 09:42:57 Responder


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    Wish us all the best.

  10. Hermes V. 12/08/2013 at 04:43:36 Responder

    You forgot Wechat! It’s also a very popular free mobile messenger.

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  12. ross 15/04/2014 at 21:11:04 Responder

    me amd my buddies still use Tikl touch to talk.its the closest thing to Nextel PTT. Tikl is instant PTT not talk and send like the rest of them.it can send pics,vids,text,talk and instant push to talk.it also uses your phone number and has privacy settings so people cant just chirp you and be annoying like Nextel was.

  13. shuvam mahajan 30/07/2014 at 03:22:41 Responder

    send me whatsapp facebook

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