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Why WhatsApp is the best social networkCNET's Luke Westaway explains how WhatsApp has quietly become the most important app on his phone, and a better social tool than Facebook or Twitter.
I don't know about you but most new apps I download I play around with them for a few hours and then the novelty wears off and I never open them again. But there's one app that with very little fanfare has become the most important one on my phone and that's Whatsapp. At first the appeal of Whatsapp was very simple, it let you send messages and photos without having to pay your network operator It s a privilege. But in many of the months since I've had what's up in store, it's gradually grown into my favorite and most used social network. I realized recently that I get more out of WhatsApp than I do say Facebook or Twitter. Like many of you, I'm sure I send most of my time on Facebook silently observing my friends, while Twitter is more about broadcast something funny or insightful enough to drum up a few retweets. On What's App, however, I feel like I'm actually communicating with people and in a more direct and genuine way. Across an ever-growing number of group chats, I'm doing a better job of keeping in touch with family and friends. Sometimes making jokes, organizing events, or just asking what everyone's up to. These are the simple tasks that What's App is really good for. You may not hear What's App described as a social network per say, but that's what it's become for me. Of course, I'm not the only one who sees the value of this service. In February of last year, Facebook bought What's App for billions of dollars. So who knows what could eventually become of this valuable little app. For now, however, it's a great example of how technology can make us better at communicating, not worse.