By now, everyone should know that Zuckerberg has paid
$16bn $19bn ($12 billion in stock, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in restricted shares) for WhatsApp. I won’t repeat what I wrote in the title.
I could never understand why are people finding WhatsApp so attractive. It’s only free for the first year, after that it’s $1/year — very cheap, but why pay for sending text messages over the data plan, when I can have both text and voice communication, forever free, with apps such as Skype, Viber, Tango, LINE, and more?
If you’re currently using WhatsApp, don’t take it personally: I consider its users stupid. There are so many other better and more powerful alternatives.
But again, Facebook is such an idiocy that I feel degraded every time I try to spend more than 5 minutes on it — using a fake account. Yet people love Facebook.
Zuckerberg probably did the right thing: he connected people that lack common sense to other people who lack common sense. Maybe they’re the same — I don’t know which ecosystem has a larger user base, and I don’t care*.
Now I know it was the right decision not to use WhatsApp.