Brigada user, Becky, first tipped us off to the app called “Whatsapp,” a cross-platform messaging application which, essentially, allows you to text for free for a year. But in addition to texting, Whatsapp is essentially creating its own social networking site, too. Learn more at…
You can create groups, send unlimited images, and audio media messages. Why does this make me think that WhatsApp would be great for reporting back to prayer groups and supporters? :-) Some would say that it has an edge over Facebook in that it’s ad-free. (Thanks Becky!)
WhatsApp is indeed on of the most powerful IM (instant messaging) apps in the world with clear social networking features. It is an easy, cheap way to communicate with people all over the world. The developers are committed to keeping it ad-free, which is great. And some are using it for ministry purposes – for example, using scripture art in their profiles to gently point people to Jesus.
HOWEVER, those with a greater concern for privacy and security might be interested in Wickr, which boasts military-grade encryption (it exceeds NSA compliance standards). It is similar to SnapChat in that it allows self-destructing messages. It supports text, audio, photos, videos, and PDFs.
Whatsapp is great, but I’ve also discovered Viber. With an internet connect you have free calls and texting.