Did you find yourself panicking when Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Whatsapp were down recently? A lot of businesses and individuals are reliant on these Mark Zuckerberg-owned apps for various reasons. Netizens had their fun by posting hilarious memes on Twitter.
As with anything, technology has its faults. While there’s nothing wrong with having an account on these popular platforms, you should look into opening an account in other instant messaging apps as well. Here are some alternative apps for you to try when these apps are down:
Like other popular instant messaging platforms, Telegram allows you to share images, videos, and files through mobile and desktop. What makes this particular platform unique is that you can join group chats and channels with up to 100,000 participants. That’s a LOT of people.
What makes Viber so convenient is that you only need a mobile number to set up an account. Yup! No password or e-mail needed. It even has default end-to-end encryption for secure and protected messaging, free phone and video calls, and community channels. Plus, you can call mobile numbers and landline numbers that are not on Viber through its ‘Viber Out’ feature for a certain fee.
No, your cable provider didn’t make its own messaging platform. This particular instant messaging app is perfect for safety and security nuts because of its end-to-end encryption. You can even choose how long your messages and conversations are available. Sadly, this is not available for iOS users just yet.
A mega-popular app in the gaming world, Discord is a group chatting platform that allows you to create servers that you can divide by topics, rules, and channels. Basically, it’s a digital space where you can listen to music and watch videos together with your friends. Yes, you can Netflix and chill…virtually.
This particular app guarantees complete privacy, but here’s the catch: it’s paid. To be fair though, it offers security features such as not storing your contact list in the app, deleting messages as soon as they’re delivered, end-to-end encryption, a secure in-app browser, and an option to add a pin to protect others from getting in the app. You don’t even have to share your mobile number.
If you have enough storage space on your phone, you should definitely consider downloading these apps. It doesn’t hurt to have a backup option. Plus, the more, the merrier, right?
Art Daniella Sison