Twitter’s new move threatens WhatsApp dominance

Updated 22 July 2014

Twitter’s new move threatens WhatsApp dominance

SAUDIS are taking on Twitter and booming on Facebook; these are the usual news we hear about Saudis committing to social media websites, but we tend to overlook the simplest of them all, WhatsApp.
It is definitely booming, which explains Facebook's $19 billion deal to take it over. The number of messages and photos shared on the platform is tremendous even when compared to platforms dedicated for photo sharing like Instagram or Snap Chat.
In Saudi Arabia, similar to other social media platforms, WhatsApp is sneaking its way into daily lives, into our culture. Look around you, you will find people with their eyes glued to the mobile screens, reading, laughing and reposting. What makes it a bit unique is that it is not only popular among certain demographics like Twitter and Facebook, it is popular everywhere. Young or old, highly or moderately educated, you are most probably part of different WhatsApp groups; friends, family, or even business, it is reinventing the way we interact and communicate.
This dominance of WhatsApp in the messaging market might come to an end at the hands of no other than Twitter. According to Mashable, Twitter just announced last Friday night that it is planning to update its iOS and Android apps so users can view their entire direct messages history on mobile. Many analysts see this as an indication that Twitter is seriously thinking of entering the market of messaging especially with the boom in platforms like WhatsApp and Line.
This last April, Twitter introduced pop-up notifications for messages on its Web app, and it tested the possibility of opening the messages so you could receive them from anybody, not only from those you follow, in addition to rumors that Twitter might introduce a group messaging option in the near future, as explained by Mashable.
Twitter CEO Dick Costolo himself talked about the importance of updating the messaging features on the platform. "When you think about the best international opportunity," Costolo said on a call with Mashable, "there's a real opportunity for us when we think about our private messaging to strengthen the core of our Twitter product by making it easier for users to move more fluidly between the public conversation that happens everywhere on Twitter and the private conversation between you and a friend or you and a few friends.
If such changes and updates find their way to Twitter, it would shake the messaging platforms market share, it would certainly give Facebook a good run for its investment. Combining the public timeline with its news and general interests with the cosy and warmer family and friends messages would be an exciting thing to see.
At the very least, we would not be seeing messages moving from this platforms, they will all be one!


UAE’s MeznSat satellite set for launch in Russia

Updated 28 September 2020

UAE’s MeznSat satellite set for launch in Russia

DUBAI: MeznSat, the UAE Space Agency’s latest satellite, is set for launch from the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia today as part of the country’s ambitious space strategy.

MeznSat, which detects greenhouse gas concentrations, was built by students from the Khalifa University and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. The probe once in orbit will send data to the two universities’ ground stations, where it will be analyzed and processed, state news agency WAM reported

“Climate change has widely been attributed to the increase in GHGs in the atmosphere as a result of human activities. The impacts of climate change are expected to include shortage of water quantity and quality in most arid and semi-arid areas, and low agricultural productivity throughout the tropics and subtropics, accompanied by damage to ecosystems and biodiversity in these areas, and changes in forests and other ecosystems,” the space agency said in its website.

“Carbon Dioxide and Methane are the two most prevalent Greenhouse gases. Both emissions (methane and carbon dioxide) have to be addressed and monitored in order to effectively reduce the impact of climate change,” it added

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of UAE, earlier reviewed plans to send the first Arab mission to the moon by 2024 to be manned by Emirati astronauts.

The UAE’s new 2021-2031 strategy particularly covers the Mars Exploration Project “Hope Probe” 2117 Strategy, the Astronaut Program, the Satellite Development Program and the UAE Space Sector Sustainability Program.