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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • (Quote from Rice)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 wo…
  • (Quote from UK Man)I call my husband 'the radio'. If it is not YouTube talking, it's him, his whatsapp with other argentinians going on with voice messages for HOURS and every day. I don't know what they have to talk about so much, it's not like they have exciting lives, anyway. I think they go on loop on the same subjects over and over.
  • I am with you, Splinter.People sending voice messages are blabbering too much and do not respect other people's time.In fact, I installed a transcription program because it takes me less to read a message than to listen to a recording.
  • (Quote from Rice)If it has, it is too a long one. My husband routinely receives voice messages that are, combined, longer than 8 minutes. Dale Carnegie must be rolling in the grave....The person speaking simply keeps the mic icon pressed. Whatsapp breaks the whole voice recording into 2-minutes audio tracks, which are then played non-stop on the recipient's phone.Most transcription softwares, stop at 50 seconds of audio.The issue with voice messages is that they are SO easy to grab, that people …
  • (Quote from Rice)It is not just friends using whatsapp carelessly, but also customers. If they have to write, they are somehow forced to organize their message for it to be effective. If they are speaking, they are scrambling about their feelings and experiences, and deliver bit of information here and there.I'd rather have a 20' phone conversation where both parties interact than a 4' monologue from one part. This is not what happens in real life.Some people treat whatsapp voice messages like t…