Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Sunday 28 May 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Messaging

All time
# incoming message
New WhatsApp restrictions to curb the spread of misinformation about Covid-19
Volumes of misinformation about coronavirus has been circulated through messaging and social media apps.
# not quite there
Facebook Messenger is testing out encryption but it's missing a trick
The decision to not implement it across the board might not sit well with privacy advocates.
# heating up
WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger or iMessage - which is your winner?
All the major messaging apps are fighting for the same users as they transform into something more.
# knock-on effect
This rival app is benefiting from Brazil blocking WhatsApp (again)
While the ban only lasts for 72 hours, Telegram has added more than a million new users and counting.
This is why you're getting a strange message from Whatsapp
The service, which is owned by Facebook, is used to send billions of messages daily.
# Popularity contest
There seems to be no escape from Facebook's dominance
It has two of the most popular messaging apps among Irish users with FB Messenger taking first place.
# Freebie
WhatsApp won't be charging users for its app any longer*
*It was free for the first year before charging €1 for every additional year.
# lose the digits
Facebook wants to kill off your phone number entirely
Its head of messaging believes the popularity of apps like Messenger is making old communication methods disappear.
# TechGuide
SMS clogging up your phone's storage? Here's how to get rid of them quickly
You might rely on services like WhatsApp more but SMS still holds strong.
# text back
9 features you probably didn't know exist in WhatsApp
Want to hide when you’ve read someone’s message?
# sliding into your dms
Twitter now allows you to send anyone a direct message
Here’s what you need to know.
# platform
The reason why Facebook wanted people to get Messenger is now clearer
It’s now a platform, and Facebook has big plans for it.
# Pennsylvania
Teenager (16) charged with murder after 'sending Snapchat selfie with body'
A parent of one of the recipients passed a screenshot on to police.
# appealing to the masses
Here's what you need to know about sending private group messages on Twitter
Twitter has introduced both group messaging and the ability to upload 30-second videos as it looks for ways to increase its user base.
# TechGuide
Use Facebook Messenger often? Here are some features that will come in handy
Despite the criticisms, Facebook Messenger has a number of handy features that you may not be aware of.
# strong growth
WhatsApp users are sending 30 billion messages EVERY DAY
The service has gained 100 million new users in the space of four months.
# Good Wishes
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.
# TechGuide
Here are the WhatsApp features you may not have known about
One of the most popular messaging apps out there has a number of features hidden away.
This messaging app will force you to be brutally honest
Think before you type.
# encryption
Your WhatsApp messages will be getting an extra layer of security
The next update for Android and iOS will include end-to-end encryption, which will make sure the only people getting a message are the sender and receiver
# Exposed
This new 'transparent' messaging app is a chilling vision of things to come
A chilling precedent.
# her
A new app called Samantha only lets you text a real woman named Samantha
One of the main rules is not to fall in love with her.
# Merger
Facebook's takeover of Whatsapp has been approved - what does that mean for you?
The European Commission found the Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp applications are not close competitors.
# the death of the text
Ireland ditches texting for web messaging as phones continue to outnumber people
The number of people in Ireland texting fell by 24.5% from this time last year according to new figures from ComReg.
# the fear
Finally, an app that lets you take back texts you regret
Never wake up with the fear ever again!
# clone wars
A lot of companies are going out of their way to copy Snapchat
They do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
# no CV required
Want a job at this pub? You have to apply on Snapchat
There are 20 positions on offer at Sober Lane, which is opening a new pub in Dublin.
# old school
The most popular messaging service among Irish adults isn't WhatsApp or Viber...
It’s actually one that’s been around much longer.
# universal translation
Microsoft reveals real-time language translator for Skype calls
The feature allows users to speak to each other in their native language, which Skype then translates in real-time.
# Smut
iPhone users send filthier texts than those on Android
They’ve bitten the Apple of temptation.
# put it away
Gardaí to begin nationwide crackdown on drivers using mobile phones
The national mobile phone operation will take place over the next two days, beginning tomorrow.
# busy network
Whatsapp experiences busiest day as it handled 64 billion messages in 24 hours
More than 20 billion messages were sent and 44 billion messages were received through the app in the space of 24 hours.
# mail xx
8 pointless social media interactions that need to stop right now
And we’re all guilty.
# shots fired
LINE adds 2 million new users after WhatsApp outage, and rubs it in
And we mean it *really* rubbed it in.
# See Ya
Facebook pulls the plug on its email service everyone forgot about
Wait, Facebook had an email service?
# knock-on effect
The knock-on effect: WhatsApp rival adds 8m users in 4 days
Telegram Messenger, a messaging app that focuses on privacy, saw almost five million users sign up on Saturday after WhatsApp experienced an outage.
# Messaging
Explainer: After WhatsApp, where do messaging apps go from here?
With the purchase of WhatsApp and Viber, the rush for messaging apps has begun, but what else is out there?
# whassssaaaaaaap
These are the worst things people do in a WhatsApp group
Come on people, be sound!
50 billion instant messages expected to be sent each day in 2014
The figure is more than twice the number of text messages expected to be sent in 2014.
# stay in touch
Explainer: Why are the major social media sites trying to break into mobile messaging?
With younger users moving towards apps like Viber, WhatsApp, and Line, the traditional social media sites are trying to bring them back.