No WhatsApp ...................the end of the World is nigh....

  • You got me for a second , GlasgowJohn!


    A friend told me Whatsapp is not very popular in the US. I wonder if it is used more from people with friends abroad. In Italy, it is very popular but I'd say in Argentina is even more popular and used to make business. It is common to see a 'Haga su pedido por Whatsapp' sign even in the most modest veggie shop. I have never seen that in Italy; I guess it is not used for business like it is in Argentina.

  • You got me for a second , GlasgowJohn!


    A friend told me Whatsapp is not very popular in the US. I wonder if it is used more from people with friends abroad. In Italy, it is very popular but I'd say in Argentina is even more popular and used to make business. It is common to see a 'Haga su pedido por Whatsapp' sign even in the most modest veggie shop. I have never seen that in Italy; I guess it is not used for business like it is in Argentina.

    Apparently it's because the Yanks don't travel very much and most still use SMS, ffs!

    https://www.basicthinking.com/…ll%20relatively%20unknown.

  • A US-based client, now friend, told me that the most important mean of communication I should state on my contacts is that I use Apple's iMessages. Apparently, that's the game changer in the US. 8|

  • I now have all my US friends using WhatsApp - Most were a bit nervous but now they are all converted


    When I first started travelling in the mid eighties to South America , you had to book a call with the operator to talk to Europe . The cost was horrific


    Now its all included in your data plan.

  • Splinter , I’m not sure that the best conclusion to draw is that Americans don’t travel much. I’d watch what happens to business and tourism travel in the EU and UK while closed to the US this summer. But perhaps Americans don’t move to other countries as much as people in smaller countries?


    In any case, it is true that WhatsApp is largely unknown in the US, even among frequent business travelers, many of whom use Facebook Messenger for international contacts. But Americans’ default service within the 50 states is definitely SMS, a “free” service with almost all phone plans. Why complicate life?

  • In any case, it is true that WhatsApp is largely unknown in the US, even among frequent business travelers, many of whom use Facebook Messenger for international contacts. But Americans’ default service within the 50 states is definitely SMS, a “free” service with almost all phone plans. Why complicate life?

    At first, SMS were not free in Italy. Then phone operators started to offer a certain number of free SMS per day to clients of the same company. Slowly, this was extended to clients of any company.

    There were also business plans with unlimited texts, but most people had the cheapest plan. To save on SMSs, we used abbreviations, contraptions and tricks to save characters, like writing X instead of PER (= for) or GRZ instead of grazie (= thank you), or not leaving spaced among word, and mark words capitalizing each word (TellMeWhatTYouThink).

    When I was a teenager, on December my operator had a "Christmas Card" (yes, it was called like this, in English) that gave you 200 SMS per day to any operator. There were people switching phone operator or getting an additional SIM card just to take advantage of that!

    When Whatsapp made its debut, it was immediately a hit in Italy because we could finally send unlimited texts.

    I think its strength is that it is as simple as a text. In Italy, email became widespread later than in the US, and especially older people never feel the need to get an email address. Whatsapp is more akin to what they already know (SMS).