Still lots of debate and buzz around messaging, and this chart comparing the cost per user of many big tech deals suggests WhatsApp was a bargain. The counter argument is that since messaging apps have access to the contacts book; the raw material of virality Facebook could have – and should have – built their own.
Of course they did and Facebook Messenger as a standalone app has done OK, but why take the long road.
The CEO of Line shared his views in this interview and his thinking on new revenue streams like ecommerce and music distribution is interesting. This presentation from a Line event gets into a bit more detail on new developments, with a means for brands to message users and Stamps. They are also planning voice services too.
As a result of Line success and all the buzz around Messaging, the share price of Nayer (Lines Korean owner) is up by 80% and there are rumours that Softbank want to buy Line.
For more insight around messaging this blog from Taiwan is a good read.