Facebook Buy WhatsApp: What will Change?

Facebook buy WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars
Facebook buy WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars
Facebook buy WhatsApp for $19 billion dollars

I was surprised when I switch on TV and watched the news: Facebook to acquire WhatsApp.

The world’s largest social network is buying the world’s most popular messaging app for a jaw-dropping total of $19 billion USD ($4 billion cash + $12 billion stock + $3 billion restricted stock units).

Heck, I do not even know how many ‘Zero’ in a billion! It is a huge amount! Facebook spent only 1 billion to buy Instagram – a photo-sharing app – in 2012.

Facebook and WhatsApp are two services I use daily, the must-have apps on my phone, and (almost) can not live without them.

Facebook is how I am still keep in touch with friends and get to know their latest news. WhatsApp is how my friends and I send messages to each other.

Nowadays, I am expecting text messages to send via WhatsApp, not SMS.

How will Facebook change WhatsApp?

Jan Koum signs the $19 billion Facebook deal paperwork on the door of his old welfare office in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Jan Koum)
Jan Koum signs the $19 billion Facebook deal paperwork on the door of his old welfare office in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Jan Koum) [via Forbes]
Jan Koum signs the $19 billion Facebook deal paperwork on the door of his old welfare office in Mountain View, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Jan Koum)

WhatsApp is ads-free and free to use for 1st year. After 1 year, new users need to pay $0.99 USD per year to use the app.

WhatsApp should be FREE for everyone after Facebook buy it, right? Unfortunately, the answer is “NO”.

Facebook could waive WhatsApp $1 subscription fee and make it free like other Facebook products, but choose not to.

“Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing”, says WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum

Good news and bad news.

Good news: WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and get to keep its brand.

Bad news: WhatsApp will remain ad-free and still charging users $1 per year.

($1 per year for sending unlimited messages & photos to family & friends is CHEAP!)

Unlike other popular messaging apps (Line, Viber, WeChat, Facebook Messenger), WhatsApp is ad-free and does not have other gimmicks – games, stickers, official accounts, etc – to increase revenue.

WhatsApp’s one and only revenue source is the low annual subscription fee.


After I posted the facebook-whatsapp deal on my Facebook, my friend sent a WhatsApp message to me:

“Facebook buys WhatsApp? Hopefully it makes it better, not killing it.”

I think that’s the main concern of every WhatsApp users. Glad that both Facebook and WhatsApp co-founder promise WhatsApp will operate independently.

I expect to see tighter contacts integration between Facebook and WhatsApp, like Instagram and Facebook. Example: add facebook friends to WhatsApp; find WhatsApp friends on facebook.

Do you know that…

  • WhatsApp has over 450 million monthly active users and 1 million new sign-ups per day.
  • 18 billion messages were sent daily via WhatsApp network in January 2014, which is very close to global SMS sent daily (19.5 billion).
  • WhatsApp co-founder, Brian Acton, was working at Yahoo! and was rejected by Facebook and Twitter.
  • Another messaging app, Viber – over 100 million monthly active users – was aquaired by Rakuten for $900 million last week on Feb 14, 2014.

What do you think about Facebook-WhatsApp $19 Billion deal? Please tell us in the comment.

You Can Now Receive Twitter Direct Messages (DMs) from Any Follower

Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower

Twitter new setting allows you to receive direct messages (DMs) from any follower, regardless you follow them back or not. Learn how to enable/disable it.

“Hey, please follow me so that I can send you a DM!”

Does it sound familiar to you? Twitter users should encounter it now and then.

It is Twitter’s rule that you can only send DM (direct message) to another Twitter user who you and him/her follow each other.

The rule helps to cut the amount of unwanted (read: Spam) Direct Messages in your Twitter inbox.

But it could be a hassle when you simply want to receive a private message from a Twitter user but you are not interested to follow him/her Twitter updates.

Do you follow a Twitter user temporarily to receive DMs then unfollow the account? It sounds stupid, isn’t it?

Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower
Twitter setting allows you to receive direct messages from any follower

Not anymore, if you wish. A new Twitter setting “Receive direct messages from any follower” (pic) allows you to receive DM from Twitter followers, even you are not following them.

The new Twitter messages setting has a note say:

Generally, you must follow someone before they have the ability to direct message you. If you check this option, any Twitter user that follows you will be able to send you a DM, regardless of whether you decide to follow them back.

[Tweet “Twitter new setting allows you to receive direct messages (DMs) from any follower.”]


Now you can decide whether you want to receive private messages from followers without following them back, or you want to keep your Twitter inbox to friends only.

With the setting checked, you do not need to follow Twitter users to receive their DMs – Keep your Twitter timeline to only those you care.

I think that company customer support teams on Twitter are cheering for the new Twitter setting. They are often ask customers to send account information in direct message (for privacy) to solve customers’ issues.

Do you enable/disable the Direct Message setting? I have mine enabled. Follow me (@liewcf) on Twitter to send me a DM now!

[via The Verge]

How to Disable “Google Shared Endorsements” that Show Your Name and Photo in Google Ads

google shared endorsements

Google updated its Terms of Service with new “Google Shared Endorsements”, which may display your name and photo in Google Ads. Learn how to opt out and disable it for your Google+ account.

google shared endorsements
google shared endorsements

Google Terms of service has been updated. The new terms will go live on November 11, 2013. One of the three changes is the Google Shared Endorsements, here is an excerpt about how it works:

To ensure that your recommendations reach the people you care about, Google sometimes displays your reviews, recommendations and other relevant activity throughout its products and services. This sometimes includes shopping contexts, like the Google Play music store, and ads. Your profile name and photo may appear with the recommendation.

[Tweet “Your G+ profile name and photo may appear in Google Ads. But it’s easy to opt out.”]

How to opt out Google Shared Endorsements?

The good thing is that, which Google emphasize a lot, you are free to choose whether you want your name and photo appears in Google ads or not. And, it is very easy if you found the Shared Endorsements setting page.

Google Shared endorsements setting
Google Shared endorsements setting
  1. Login your Google account.
  2. Goto Shared Endorsements setting page. You will be asked to upgrade Google+ account, if you haven’t.
  3. Uncheck “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.”
  4. Click “Save” button and you’re done.

Hope this tip helps you to hide your name and photo in Google services and products. Please ask any question in the comment below.

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Now Anyone Can Search Your Facebook Posts! Here’s Quick Way to Anti-Stalking

facebook limit audience setting
facebook remove privacy setting
Facebook remove privacy setting

Facebook has decided to allow anyone to search for your profile on Facebook by removing the “Who can look up your Timeline by name?” privacy setting.

Most of you probably do not know the setting, anyway. It is an old setting which has been removed last year for people who are not using it.

“Only small percentage of people still using the setting, they will see reminders about it being removed in the coming weeks”

Now, anyone who knows your name can use Facebook Graph search to search for profile, pictures, and previous posts.

How do you block strangers from seeing your Facebook posts?

You are very active Facebook user who share many funny, informative, weird stuff on Facebook. Sometimes you did not aware that you are sharing those posts publicly.

Now you can correct the mistakes in a few clicks by limits audience of posts you have shared in the past from “friends of friends” or “public” to “friends” only.

Step-by-step to hide Facebook posts from strangers:

facebook limit audience setting
Facebook limit audience setting
  1. Goto Facebook Privacy Settings
  2. Click on the “Limit Old Posts” button under “Limit The Audience for Old Posts on Your Timeline” (pic)
  3. Click “Confirm” button and only friends can see your previous fb posts now.

(Note: It can not be undone in one click. If you change your mind later, you’ll need to change the audience for each posts one at a time.)

Facebook public post notice
Facebook public post notice

Also, in the coming weeks, Facebook will display a notice reminding you when you are sharing Facebook post with Public.


Hope this article helps you to hide private posts from stalkers.

LiewCF’s advice is that,

If you do not want to share publicly, then do not share it online at the first place.

Facebook App for iOS: Now You Can Share Post to FB Pages, Groups, Message

Facebook for iOS: post sharing options
Facebook for iOS: post sharing options
Facebook for iOS: post sharing options

Facebook didn’t tell you this. Now you can share FB posts to friend’s timeline, Pages, Groups and in Facebook message.

While reviewing an Android smartphone last week, I realize that Facebook app for Android support sharing posts to Facebook Pages. As a Facebook Page admin, it is the feature I always want to have in Facebook app for iOS!

Seriously, the feature alone made me – a long time iPhone user – tempting to switch to Android platform.

Thanks to Facebook app development team. They have quietly added the feature in the recent updated Facebook app for iOS version 6.0. The new Facebook app adds Chat Heads, stickers, and redesign news feed.

SEE ALSO: Facebook App for iOS gets Chat Heads, Stickers and Cleaner News Feed

What Facebook does not tell you about the new Facebook app for iOS is that now you have more ways to share a post in news feed.

When you tap on the “share” text underneath a post, you get 3 share options:

  1. Share Now: instantly share the particular post to your default friend list.
  2. Edit and Share: allows you to add your own message and share to own timeline, friend’s timeline, group, and your FB pages.
  3. Send in Message: will send the post to your selected friend(s) via Facebook message.
Facebook for iOS: change post sharing destination
Facebook for iOS: change post sharing destination

Edit and Share share to your own timeline by default. Tap “On your own timeline” to share the post to other places (friend’s timeline, fb group, fb page). You will asked to type the name of the destination.

Do you like the new sharing feature? Tell us what you think in the comment below.

Facebook app for iOS