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Tommy Collison
Seems obvious, but I don't think I've seen this written elsewhere: the growth in popularity of WhatsApp group chats is probably a function many things, but most interestingly:
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Tommy Collison Feb 11
Replying to @tommycollison
(1) Example: I act differently around friends than with that one college professor I keep in touch with, which is different again than my roommates. WhatsApp recognizes this reality. You get to segment yourself, your interests, and --most importantly-- your injokes.
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Tommy Collison Feb 11
Replying to @tommycollison
(2) I don't think we've quite figured out the societal impact of having everything we say being publicly searchable and documented forever. For better or worse, jackass mistakes people make as teenagers can impact careers and relationships decades later.
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Tommy Collison Feb 11
Replying to @jmj
(3) I'm not one for 2020 predictions (try , two doors down😉), but it would not surprise me if we moved away from "public square" online dynamics to "small intimate online dinner party" online dynamics.
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Tommy Collison Feb 11
Replying to @jmj
Bonus thought: I've been using a WhatsApp broadcast list () to keep family & friends updated post-surgery. Think of it as bcc for WhatsApp — messages appear 1:1 for everyone on the list. Allows me to send updates and have people respond individually.
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Tommy Collison Feb 12
Replying to @tommycollison
Unexpected cool side-effect of WhatsApp broadcast lists for sharing surgery and recovery updates/pictures: Updates go to the 1:1 contact thread, so I’ve had more fun/meaningful side conversations with different friends. Makes being in snowy MN more social. Bullish on WhatsApp.
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Victor Mapunga Feb 11
Replying to @tommycollison
In emerging markets especially in Africa, these groups have become major marketplaces for small businesses & entrepreneurs i.e. you have a constant channel for marketing. Some groups are purely for enthusiasts & hustlers leverage these often. There's a hidden economy within it!
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Eitan 💡 Feb 11
Replying to @tommycollison
During one of our previous elections in Israel, an independent reporter opened a subscription paid group. You paid every month, she'd let you in the group and share their premium content.
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Jason Yavorska Feb 12
calls this the CozyWeb. I've been thinking a lot about this topic since reading
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Ben Walker Feb 12
I had never heard of & enjoyed this article, thanks!
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Luis Feb 12
Replying to @tommycollison @paulg
Is there a popularity growth in the US? In Europe there can't be anymore growth since it's always been the No 1 messenger app. iMessage has never been a thing.
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