Quote to Note: WhatsApp and Change

February 20, 2014

I read “Facebook” in the WhatsApp Blog. I find the idea that Google and Facebook engaged in a multi billion dollar bidding war amusing. Tucked into the blog post was this quote to note:

Here’s what will change for you, our users: nothing. WhatsApp will remain autonomous and operate independently. You can continue to enjoy the service for a nominal fee. You can continue to use WhatsApp no matter where in the world you are, or what smartphone you’re using. And you can still count on absolutely no ads interrupting your communication. There would have been no partnership between our two companies if we had to compromise on the core principles that will always define our company, our vision and our product.

My hunch is that the assurance is important for personal mental health and for customers who have some first hand experience with change.

I thought of this quote as I pondered the the categorical “nothing”:

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. – Winston Churchill

Lucretius and Winnie: Obviously incorrect. WhatsApp has it nailed down permanently and eternally. Update your thinking, gentle WhatsApp user. I won’t ask you to edit the “nothing” to read “nothing for a short time.”

Stephen E Arnold, February 20, 2014

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