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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Millions of WhatsApp users were unable to use the communication app as its current owner Facebook underwent a major outage on Monday, October4. It also affected Instagram users as messages were unable to be sent or received for roughly 8 hours.
The following are social platforms with messaging services that can be an alternative to avoid experiencing a similar issue in the future. However, of course it is important to note that your colleagues, relatives, or anyone you intend to communicate with has already downloaded the following apps.
Not many people are aware that this home-grown multi-service app can connect users through its latest ‘chat’ feature apart from ordering food or ordering transportation services.
Telegram is a cross-platform, cloud-based instant messaging system. The service also provides end-to-end encrypted video calling, VoIP, file sharing and several other features. The app with 500 million plus users was launched for iOS on 14 August 2013 and Android in October 2013. One of the features of this app that closely competes with WhatsApp is its ability to accommodate 200 thousand members into one group chat.
The non-profit Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC developed Signal, which is a cross-platform centralized encrypted instant messaging service. Users can send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images and videos which is easily adaptable for frequent WhatsApp users.
Citing their website, LINE is a freeware app for instant communications on smartphones, tablet computers, and personal computers. LINE, which has roughly 600 million users, are able to exchange texts, images, video and audio, and conduct free VoIP conversations and video conferences.
Discord -launched in 2015 – is a VoIP, instant messaging and digital distribution platform. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called “servers”. Servers are a collection of persistent chat rooms and voice chat channels.
Read: Whatsapp to No Longer Work on Some Android, iOS Devices from Nov 1
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