With the continuing onslaught of applications to communicate in short(er) message format from person to person or person to group there is an interesting battle for share of the market. So let’s take a quick look at some of them that I happen to have installed on my device.
Since I used an iOS device, the starting place for me is with Messages. Messages is the base for cellular text messages and iMessages. These messages can be sent between any cellular devices if sent as a text message and between iOS devices then it can be sent as an iMessage. These can be person to person or group messages. The iMessages can be used off from a cellular network and over wifi instead. The limitation is that iMessages are for Apple devices only.
In short each of them allow for person to person or group messages. All of these would work on cellular data network or on wifi only. The wifi usage is helpful for those that are wishing to message from non-phone based devices and only have wifi cabailities. Privatext and Cyber Dust offer the features of the companies backing it claiming that they don’t store any of the data and that the messages have a limited lifespan… for those that use messaging for less than above board things.
For myself, I still default directly to txt/iMessages/FaceTime. That connects me with 90% of all of the people that I happened to interact with. There is a small percentage of people that I connected with on Facebook and then fall to FB Messenger. The others are really only installed for testing and are rarely used.
In a world in which reputations are increasingly built and brought down on the web, the potential for Cyber Dust to help protect anyone with an online presence is, therefore, limitless. – Mark Cuban
I agree with Mark on this, I know personally that my communication with folk does not contain information that would have this adverse side effect.
In the end, there is a large number of “messaging” applications out there and the only ones in my mind that have the user share are txt/iMessage, and FB Messenger (WhatsApp by association).