Today many people are looking for an alternative to WhatsApp, but I’ve been looking for the perfect messenger for many years. Do you believe that the perfect messenger exists or can exist? I do not, because even if you find something close to your ideal, you will still need people who will use it too. Popular solutions are never perfect
What I expect from the perfect messenger:
- end-to-end encryption / goodbye Facebook Messenger
- sign up by email / goodbye Signal and Telegram
- desktop and web versions / goodbye Signal
- can be used without a mobile app / goodbye Threema
- no auto-updates / goodbye Skype
- people who will use it too / goodbye Wire
1. End-to-end encryption
I’m looking for a safe way to communicate and I don’t want someone to read my conversations, so I need end-2-end encryption. Today almost every messenger has encryption, but I can not use Facebook Messenger or still popular in my region ICQ and messenger from VK.
2. Sign up by email
There’re many reasons why I prefer to register by email. A phone number is too sensitive data. What if I had to change my phone number, but forgot to change it in some service? Too many problems that I wouldn’t have with email. That’s why I cannot use Signal or Telegram.
3. Desktop and web versions
I’m a desktop slave, and my laptop is the main screen that I see during the day. That’s why I need a desktop or at least a web version, and that’s why today I just can not use trusted and and quite popular Signal.
4. The ability to choose a device I prefer
I was really serious when I said that I’m a desktop slave. In most cases, I use my smartphone only for calls and SMS (or as a clock). I don’t even pay for mobile internet. It’s just inconvenient for me. And this is the main reason why I cannot use very interesting Threema.
5. No auto-updates
I hate auto-updates! That’s why I prefer the web version of Skype, but not a desktop one. I expect the app to ask me about the update before this update is downloaded already. Remember: I’m a desktop slave and very often I use a 3G modem with limited internet traffic.
6. People who also use it
I need something popular. I just can’t use a messenger that no one else uses. I think Wire is really close to my ideal, but I just don’t know anyone who uses it. With whom will I communicate there? You don’t choose the messenger, people around you choose it.
Maybe the perfect messenger exists, but today nobody uses it…