History of Messaging Apps
Messaging applications such as Facebook chat, Viber, WeChat, and more, have revolutionized how we connect with our families and businesses. In fact, there are over 2.1 billion people who use at least one of these for various purposes.
The first messaging app was released in 1961 when MIT built the Compatible Time Sharing System (CTSS) that allowed up to 30 users to exchange text messages. It was followed by Internet Relay Chat (IRC) in 1988 that connected users located all over the world. Yahoo, one of the notable companies that have established chat messaging, has released their messenger in 1998 featuring video and voice messaging as well. Then Skype was born in 2003 and remained as one of the most popular apps today.
Based on the current data, WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app with $83.6 billion estimated value. Facebook, in spite of being the most popular social networking site, secured the second spot. (Infographic source: Visual capitalist)
With the continuous growth, users of messaging apps are expected to reach 3.6 billion in 2018. Developers are also improving the application’s capabilities and security. Expected changes include real-time 3D messages, instant translation and P2P decentralization.
By John Blake