How messaging apps are changing the way we communicate

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How messaging apps are changing the way we communicate

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Once upon a time, the park bench underwent a bit of a change. Image source

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First, it took on the form of a mobile phone… Image source

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Then it plugged itself into the internet… Image source

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Finally it emerged as a single, always-on, friend-powered device. Image source

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Today, mobile messaging is BIG. Source 64 billion daily messages on WhatsApp in April 2014

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And it’s getting more complex as new apps and tools proliferate. ?

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But messaging is going beyond just text. It’s getting richer. Image source

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It’s creating a ‘body language’ layer to mobile conversations, through pictures, symbols and animations. Image source

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Image source The visual web is modelling the subtlety of personal real-time communications.

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Snapchat is still our favourite new bench… Source

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But there are others on the rise. Image source

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Apps like Slingshot and Bolt are leading the trend of photo-based messaging, where what you show trumps what you tell. Image source

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Emojli opens the way to emoticon-only conversations, the digital equivalent to a universal sign language that crosses global boundaries. Image sources

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Imoji gives you the tools to create your own emoji and share them with your friends across existing messaging apps. Image source

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Ultratext is making it ridiculously simple to create animated messages by typing and uploading photos. Image source

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Messaging is changing digital conversations from a static, text-first activity to a mobile, visual-first habit. Image source

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What other apps are changing the way you communicate? Let us know: @1000heads