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These messaging apps will help you wish someone a Merry Christmas*

*If you want to go a step further than sending a generic text message, that is.

CONSIDERING WE’RE ONLY a few days away, there’s going to be a lot of messages of good will sent around the world between now and New Year’s Day.

Not everyone is going to see each other in person so the next best thing is to send a Christmas message. Whether you want to go for the generic ‘Merry Christmas’ tweet or go a step further, here are the most popular messaging apps that can help you do this.

WhatsApp
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

One of the most popular instant messaging apps out there, WhatsApp isn’t as flashy as the others in this list, but it’s still one of the most reliable services out there. Always reliable and to the point, the service is always there should you need to send a quick message.

Whatsapp Source: WhatsApp/Google Play

Instagram
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

As a messaging app, Instagram Direct always felt like a tacked on idea despite the hype around it, and has struggled to take off when compared to its more illustrious rivals. However, it would certainly be a nice surprise to share a photo taken specifically for them, and the range of filters and editing tools allows you to put some effort into it.


Source: Instagram/Vimeo

Viber
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Another popular instant messaging app. Viber’s main appeal is it’s focused on voice calls and while it has instant messaging and stickers to send, it’s the strongest features on it.

Viber Source: Viber/Windows Phone

Skype
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Honestly, you can’t beat some of the classics and as far as video messaging is concerned, there are few that can beat Skype. The obvious issue is making sure both parties are able to take a call, but once that’s sorted, you can chat away or settle for instant messaging.

Source: Skype/YouTube

Snapchat
For: iOS, Android

The self-destructing photo and video app is handy for quick messages, and for some impromptu art should your photo lack the sufficient amount of festiveness. Actually, it’s the art and drawing that will make your photosstand out from others messages of good will.

Source: Snapchat/YouTube

Line
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

The cooler version of Snapchat, Line is more popular with those in Asia and it’s likely if you have some friends working over there, they’re using it. Stickers, voice calls, instant messages, videos and other features show you why it’s so popular.

Source: LINE Global/YouTube

Vine
For: iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Like Instagram, another example of an app thattacked on a direct message feature without much thought, but even if you don’t have much creativity, putting together a six second video is easy, especially since you can now upload (and edit) videos directly.


Source: Vine/Vimeo

Facebook Messenger
For: 
iOS, Android, Windows Phone

Considering how many people have Facebook already, it’s not a bad idea to use the messaging service that comes included with it. Everything you associate with Facebook’s messaging service is included here alongside some additional features like voice messages, photos and videosmakes it more useful than you think.

Facebook Messenger Source: Facebook Newsroom

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Quinton O'Reilly

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