WhatsApp groups: today’s new craze

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Today, there are as many WhatsApp groups as users in the net. It seems that this franchise bought out by Mark Zuckerberg has really succeeded in making its way through the tough network market and competition. Some years ago, SMS and messenger seemed unbeatable because they apparently had everything that users needed to communicate in those times. They used to have a “by that time” stable platform; they had become popular before 2005, 2006, so popular that they were practically the only way through which people could get and keep in touch with their friends, relatives, acquaintances and even users they didn’t even know in person. They evolved to the extent that users could share information of all kind very fast and without a hassle (of course,  only if the Internet connection was good enough). In those years, many people met up because Messenger services were the special places for dating, having fun, traveling, going trekking and more. Yet, this has changed in the last ten years insomuch as Messenger disappeared (or was replaced) and texting (still in use) has lost ground in front of its closest and giant competition: WhatsApp.

But, what’s so special about WhatsApp? Why did this application beat the competition so easily? Why do people prefer this service instead of other ones? If we go back in time, we remember that it was possible to share information like videos, images, and text files. We also said that users could talk on cam and meet new people from other countries. However, once WhatsApp was launched, Skype beat Messenger (both platforms fused) and SMS, which is still in use, has eventually yielded as well. What makes WhatsApp so special is the platform quality and the regular updates. The regular updates permit users to share info at a very fast speed on their Smartphones. This is an advantage that Messenger users didn’t have in those times. Nowadays, posting a photo, or sending a video or a Word file via WhatsApp is like a walk in the park because the platform has remained steady throughout the years, and it’s extremely user-friendly.

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Although Messenger fused with Skype and currently allows people to create chat groups, WhatsApp also offers the same. WhatsApp users can create chat groups to talk, to share audio and video files and much more than that. So far, the platform has met people’s expectations and Mark has a good job at the moment of adding new options to the app.

Now that we have understood that WhatsApp is like a parallel world, it is important to go into how it functions and what role WhatsApp groups are playing in today’s world.

First off, WhatsApp is an application that seemingly came to stay for a long time. People create groups for many purposes. The drawback of this could be the lack of regulations for creating WhatsApp groups. Up to now, these groups are more commonly used for the following reasons:

  1. Chit-chat: these groups are, for the most part, created by a group of friends, a family, or for a chill-out time. Unlike Facebook and other applications and social networks, people can add unknown users regardless of the nationality. This kind of groups is by far the most popular one since meeting people through the internet has been a trend in at least the last 10 years. These groups are also shared on Facebook by users willing to date someone or have a good time. Any topic can be talked about groups like this, however, some people just confine to say “Hello” and “What’s up”, which makes the conversation boring.

Here’s a group where people talk about random topics.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/12nxN2M3RjyIVRBVtzyXA0

In this group, people can suggest and chat about a trending topic.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/8qTB9sNtTcS1DEA1ZzzBOx

  1. Dating: this is probably the second reason people join WhatsApp groups. This kind of groups abounds in WhatsApp since users have the chance to meet new people date and more than that through this method. Despite this great advantage, there is a drawback we just can’t fail to say. As WhatsApp still doesn’t count on strict guidelines regarding groups, some users take advantage of this to promote pedophile and people trafficking. The major part of the victims are women, who had “fallen in love” with their virtual “blue prince”, travel to his country and end up in destitution or prostitution. This type of action is usually tracked by Interpol and the FBI as these cases are increasing.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/6LwLbrUKlN61eOicjMWrsF

https://chat.whatsapp.com/ABwxE9zZifZD9YZrMLZ1fO

  1. Buy and sell: users have used this application to sell all kind of things like cellphones, all sort of electronic devices, houses and services. You can even find teachers, lawyers, and designers offering their services, posting pictures of their work and giving their personal contact information. They are using WhatsApp like Instagram or Pinterest to promote their products, services, and freelance work. Salespeople are making piles of money in countries where the economy is down or not as good as the developed countries’. Craftsmen and women are a common thing in these groups and many people are using this application to expand their business.

Here are two examples of buy-and-sell groups.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/E9tB2YLtxiKJorwA1XB5GD

https://chat.whatsapp.com/2HudIlDo8248S6msmkK71a

  1. Share information: sharing information is the main WhatsApp’s function. People don’t only utilize it for chatting and having a good time but also for school purposes. Students create WhatsApp groups for studying and doing homework. They harness the WhatsApp’s options for sharing audio files, links, and presentations and as a way to contact tutors, teachers, instructors, etc. What they do is to create a closed group for a specific population, for example, “Lenox University students”, “Tutors and teachers”.

Although students and professionals use WhatsApp as a tool to share educational information, some groups are dedicated to random topics or not specifically to education. For example, in some WhatsApp groups, users exchange music, photos of their countries, poems, thoughts, and whatnot.

Here’s a group of Mumbai city where users share pics of this place.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/3X7LQjDVtakCUNanSNz4sb

A WhatsApp group where information on web developing is shared.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/8LjI4I89pe45CKSsl9kRvb

  1. Debate: there’s no doubt this category also exists in the WhatsApp world. People create these groups especially for starting debates on politics, religion, economics and social issues. Of course, religious and political groups are considered the hottest of this category. Since there are not regulations implemented by WhatsApp Company, the owner(s) is the only one who can set the guidelines of the group. If a member fails to abide by the rules of the group, he is probably banned by the owner and if things get out of control, the owner of the group can reconsider creating another group to get rid of unwanted people.

There are some groups that tend to be controversial like this one.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/FsfyGc4eW7DGN7GCvqNLqy

This is another group you can try.

https://chat.whatsapp.com/2tHd0myftN9IPTDDBcuU6S