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WhatsApp will also start putting ads in its Status feature as reported cnet.com. The officials of WhatsApp reported to India’s Economic Times.
“That is going to be primary monetization mode for the company as well as an opportunity for businesses to reach people on WhatsApp,” Chris Daniels, WhatsApp vice president, said.
There is no exact information when ads will come to Status. According to cnet.com “It’s not the first time we’ve heard about ads on WhatsApp. Facebook is eager for the messaging service, which it acquired for $19 billion in 2014, to start making money. WhatsApp said in August that businesses will be able to do things like provide real-time customer service and send information like boarding passes or shipping confirmations”.
WhatsApp’s co-founders, Brian Acton and Jan Koum, left the company in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Acton advised his Twitter followers to delete Facebook. He had a simple and short message on March 21: “It’s time to delete Facebook.” It was very strange that Brian Acton, the co-founder WhatsApp, posted such message. He became a multi-billionaire when Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014, and now he tweeted that words “It is time” followed by the hashtag “#deletefacebook”. More detailed information about this message read here.
Intersting Story about WhatsApp
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former employees of Yahoo!. After Koum and Acton left Yahoo! in September 2007, they traveled to South America to take a break from work. At that time, they applied for jobs at Facebook but were rejected. For the rest of the following years Koum relied on his $400,000 savings from Yahoo!. By February 2013, WhatsApp already had about 200 million active users and 50 staff members. Sequoia invested another $50 million, and WhatsApp was valued at $1.5 billion. And then Facebook announced they want to acquire WhatsApp in February 2014. WhatsApp’s founders attached a purchase price of $16 billion: $4 billion in cash and $12 billion remaining in Facebook shares. This price tag is dwarfed by the actual price Facebook paid: $21.8 billion, or $55 per user. Facebook agreed to pay $19.6 billion. By then, the agreed upon 184 million Facebook shares inflated the final sale price by an additional $1.7 billion.
Source: cnet.com, Wikipedia
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