Didn't Skype get an update to make it look more like SnapChat though?
Yes, but a couple weeks ago they pushed back the Stories feature. Probably nobody was using it
Is Skype still a thing?
Considering nobody I know uses FB Messenger does it really matter? Oddly enough they say it's because they are scared of FB spying on their conversations, yet they all use WhatsApp and Instagram.
It does amaze me that I still have to have 3-4 chat apps open to remain in touch with all my of networks, and despite all doing essentially the same thing they all have different experiences without any real benefit.
Considering nobody I know lives in the Southern Hemisphere, does that half of the globe really matter?
Oh give me a break, my anecdote is hardly worth that comparison. It is a common conversation even outside of tech circles that people are hesitant about using Facebook products because of fears over privacy. There has been a significant uptick in people deleting their Facebook accounts.
As of the second quarter of 2018, Facebook had 2.23 billion monthly active users. That's a third of the total population of Earth and nearly 3 times the population of the Southern Hemisphere. So my comparison was actually overly generous.
And I’m talking specifically about FB messenger and it’s relationship to other chat apps and WhatsApp. Not all users of FB use FB chat apps, and in particular the privacy conversation surrounds things like chat and photos, not all aspects of Facebook (people for example don’t seem to care about event privacy, yet that gets little to no design love).
Anyway it’s clear you don’t want to talk about that, so why bother?
Latest available usage statistics for Facebook Messenger alone report 1.2 billion monthly users.
There's certainly a privacy conversation being had, but to suggest that Messenger doesn't matter because your circle doesn't use it is absurd.
It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek reply in the first place, and you could easily have started with the Messenger user numbers and began a more interesting conversation instead of whatever this was.
Considering there is always that one person who will only communicate through a different service, it forces people to occasionally use a chat app they don't normally use. For example I really don't like Google Hangouts and don't use it by choice, but since there is one small group of friends who will only use Hangouts, I am considered a MAU by Google. Same goes for Facebook Messenger.
Another example of how such numbers can be misleading is what Messenger does when you friend someone on Facebook. Messenger pops up a notification as if it is coming from that person, but when you open the app it's just a prompt saying that you should start chatting with them on Messenger. Yet that process of opening the app and opening one conversation makes me a MAU for Messenger.