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What You Never Knew About The Original Creators Of Whatsapp

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The story of Whatsapp founders is very inspiring and intriguing and it is one every programmer needs to know. Whatsapp founders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton were colleagues at Yahoo, and their experience in Yahoo made WhatsApp one of the most popular and used messaging app. 
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The pitfall of Yahoo as a result of advertising was a lesson Koum and Acton learned and they imbibed the philosophy that ADVERTISING SUCKS for their company. Jan Koum interest was that their Whatsapp app will know little about the user, the system was designed so you won’t need to submit your name, gender or nationality. With no advertising and marketing, their company, Whatsapp Inc grew organically.

JAN KOUM’S SHORT BIOGRAPHY.

Jan Koum was born as the only child to his Jewish parents in Ukraine in 1976. His household was without no running water nor hot water to take a warm bath in the freezing cold. He best described his life in Fastiv, the hometown he grew up as, 

“It was so run-down that our school didn’t even have an inside bathroom. Imagine the Ukrainian winter, -20°C, where little kids have to stroll across the parking lot to use the bathroom. Society was extremely closed off: you can read 1984, but living there was experiencing it.”

 At that period Ukraine was a communist, political and anti-Semitic country in the Soviet Union. Jan Koum described his society and I quote him,

 “I grew up in a society where everything you did was eavesdropped on, recorded, and snitched on. Nobody should have the right to eavesdrop, or you become a totalitarian state – the kind of state I escaped as a kid to come to this country where you have democracy and freedom of speech. Our goal is to protect it.” 

In 1992, Jan Koum with his mother and grandmother migrated to California, the United States leaving behind his father. They lived in a small 2-bedroom apartment at the Mountain view, California. Koum assisted financially by sweeping the floor of a grocery store while his mom took up a babysitting job, yet they still lived on government support and food stamps. 

Jan Koum lost his mom to cancer when he was 24, and his dad died in Ukraine in 1997. At high school, he was not that good in math and computer science, but at the age of 18, he got interested in computer and network programming. He taught himself by reading books he rented from a local used book store and then returning them when he was through with them.

Jan Koum then attended San Jose State University and worked as a security tester at Ernst & Young to help pay his tuition fees. Soon enough, while working as a security tester, Jan Koum met Brian Acton(co-founder of Whatsapp) and in 1997, Koum got a job as an infrastructure engineer at Yahoo while still attending San Jose State University. 
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One day Jan Koum was in class when David Filo, Yahoo co-founder called him requesting him to come to work immediately because they had server issues. This incident eventually led Koum to quit his college education, He even admitted that he hated school. 

Koum joined woowoo, a group of hackers that focused on security. He even called on the group to help him when a Canadian teen launched a cyber attack on Yahoo. Brian Acton also experienced a financial setback in Yahoo as he lost millions of dollars in the dotcom boom era of 2000. 

THE STORY OF WHATSAPP.  

Koum and Acton continued working at Yahoo for nine years and then quitted their jobs in 2007 to explore a new adventure in the ever changing world of the social media. So they both applied for a job at Facebook and Twitter after taking a break in South America, but they were both rejected. Brian Acton tweeted about the ordeal. His tweets were, 

“Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.”

”Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.”

While they were still jobless and living on their savings from Yahoo, Jan Koum bought an iPhone in January 2009 and realized that the old Apple App store of then offered a potential market for applications compatible with the iPhone. In Alex Fishman’s house, at his kitchen counter, while drinking tea, they brainstormed about Koum’s idea of an application. 

First Koum wanted an app that people will set status updates on their mobile phones. The status update would show whether you were on a call, your battery status, or where you are to those that have your contact on their phone’s address.  Koum also told his buddy Brian Acton about the idea and they incorporated their company and called it WhatsApp Inc in California on the 24th of February,2009, Koum’s birthday. 

But Koum and Acton later made up their mind that they will build a messaging app and Koum called it WhatsApp because it sounded like “what’s up”. Koum painstaking wrote the backend code of his app and synchronized it with the international dialing prefixes so that anyone could join Whatsapp in any country of the world. Koum’s Russian Friend, Alex Fishman introduced him to Igor Solomennikov, an iPhone developer, to develop Whatsapp for iPhone. 

Once the app was developed, Alex Fishman’s friends would use the app to update each other, send and reply messages and that’s how instant messaging started.

In June 2009, Apple launched push notification, enabling you to receive notification when you are not using an iPhone app. Koum updated his app so you would have a notification when your friend changes his/her update. 

In early 2010, Koum and Acton launched the WhatsApp messenger app. Although there were not many messengers during that time apart from the Blackberry’s BBM, Skype, Google G-Talk, Whatsapp messenger grew more popular and was different from other instant messaging app because anyone could log in with their phone number. 

WHATSAPP’S CHALLENGES AND BREAKTHROUGHS

It was challenging to promote Whatsapp, it crashed several times that Jan Koum wanted to give up but his buddy, Acton encouraged him to keep trying. Whatsapp shared office space with Evernote and their employees had to bring along their blankets to work in order not to get cold. With the help of funding from their ex-yahoo colleagues, WhatsApp active users grew to 250,000. 

Koum and Acton received tons of emails from individuals requesting WhatsApp to be launched on Nokia and Blackberry platforms. Koum hired Chris Peiffer to develop the BlackBerry version of WhatsApp. Jan Koum and Brian Acton worked for the first few years for free and the cost of sending their verification message was a burden and to reduce the rapid growth rate of Whatsapp, Koum and Acton made users to pay for the instant messaging service, but that didn’t stop the progress of the growth of their user base. 

Whatsapp went viral in 2013, its user base grew steadily up to 200million active users, and its staff to 50, Koum and Acton needed more funds. They held secret fundraising and with the money that came in they were able to double their staff and get a better office apartment. 
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Whatsapp popularity attracted the attention of Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook‘s founder who first contacted Koum in the spring of 2012. Zuckerberg and Koum had series of meetings to come to a deal for the acquisition of Whatsapp but it was not successful.

On the 9th of February, 2014, Koum had dinner at Zuckerberg’s home and Zuckerberg purposed a deal for Koum to join Facebook’s board and also presented an acquisition offer of Whatsapp. Koum thought of the offer and finally signed the paperwork for the Facebook acquisition of Whatsapp. Facebook acquired Whatsapp for 19 billion dollars. This deal made Jan Koum and Brian Acton the newest billionaires in the block. 

The Whatsapp group celebrated the Facebook acquisition deal with bottles of Cristal champagne. In Barcelona, at a Mobile World Congress, Koum celebrated his 38th birthday with Acton at Boujis nightclub. Jan Koum, a billionaire now says he does not want to be known as an entrepreneur but prefers bringing better products to the market rather than accumulating money. 

Jan Koum donated about 556 million dollars to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, he as also donated secretly to undisclosed individuals.

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Download Stickers For WhatsApp – The Best Collection Of Whatsapp Stickers On The Web

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Whatsapp just added support for  sticker packs support and unfortunately it doesn’t come with a lot of stickers which means you have to download apps from Google Playstore to get new stickers.

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    If you are a kind of person that loves stickers , the downside of this is that you’ll end up having too many apps on your phone just for stickers. I decided to look for a workaround for this and luckily I found it.

    I have converted the best collection of stickers from Telegram for use on Whatsapp. So let me guide you on what to do to be able to use this method.

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    How To Add Your Own Stickers To Whatsapp

    • Download Personal Stickers For WhatsApp App From Here
    • Download Xplore App From Here
    • Download Your Choice Of Stickers From The Sticker List Below
    • Extract The Folder Using Xplore App 
    • Create A New Folder On The Root Of Your Device
    • Copy The Stickers From The PNG Folder To The Folder You Created
    • Place Your Files On The Root Of Your Device (It shouldn’t be inside any folder)
    • Launch The Personal Stickers App
    • Wait For The Folder Name To Show
    • Select Add Stickers To Whatsapp And Wait
    • You’ll get a success message, launch Whatsapp and you can see your stickers.

    Whatsapp Sticker Packs (Converted From Telegram)


    1. Bill Gates Whatsapp Sticker Pack



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    2. Elon Musk Whatsapp Sticker Pack



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    3. The Kardashians Whatsapp Sticker Pack





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    4. Captain America  Whatsapp Sticker Pack



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    5. American Dad  Whatsapp Sticker Pack



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    This page would be updated regularly. If there’s a particular sticker pack you want send me a mail at [email protected] and I’ll try my best to upload it here. Cheers.

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    How To Fix Facebook App Crashing On Android Smartphones

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    The main Facebook app is a data hog, drains batteryand eats up storage space and most times it ends up crashing whenever you open it on your smartphone. I’ve actually switched to facebook lite to save my phone from that endless torment.

    How To Fix Facebook App Crashing On Android Smartphones 23There are a couple of ways to fix the crashing on your phone. This method may also work for other apps.

    Method 1

    Update Your Facebook to the latest version

    Method 2: Clear App Cache

    1. Open Settings.
    2. Tap Apps.
    3. Navigate to Facebook app.
    4. Tap to open Options.
    5. Tap Clear Cache and then Clear Data.
    6. Restart your device and try out Facebook app again.

    Method 3: Reinstall Facebook App

     Uninstall the current Facebook app you have on your
    device and go back to Google play store and reinstall it Login with your Facebook ID and everything should be back to normal.

    Method 4: Download  Facebook Lite

    Simply download facebook lite from playstore

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    Instagram Purge – Instagram To Massively Delete Fake Accounts And Fake Likes

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    You shouldn’t be surprised seeing accounts with thousands of followers but no engagement on instagram. Some get massive comments and likes from fake accounts and Instagram is clamping down on these fake accounts.

    Some people follow and then unfollow others — after they get a follow back — and through the use of third-party apps that promote inauthentic likes, follows and comments.

    You may see Instagram follow accounts start to drop in the coming days, and this is why. According to a company blog post, Instagram is trying to do something about the use of third-party apps that ‘grammers use to help artificially grow their audience.

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    “Every day, people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions,” the company notes. “It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity. Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity.

    “We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity. This type of behavior is bad for the community, and third-party apps that generate inauthentic likes, follows and comments violate our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.”

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    If you are using any of this services you shouldn’t be scared of your account being deleted. Instagram will send you an in-app message alerting the you that they have removed inauthentic likes, follows and comments from your account. That user will also be asked to secure their account by changing their password.

    There’s also a vague warning that accounts which continue to use third-party apps to grow their audience in this manner “may see their Instagram experience impacted.”

    I’m not sure what Instagram means by  “users seeing their Instagram experience impacted” but I can guess it would be using Instagram Shadow ban which limits your engagement so much you hate your Instagram Account.

    Facebook at large, of course, has been hampered by a slew of bad news lately, with the company’s ham-fisted response to inauthentic activity across its family of apps increasingly coming under scrutiny. Instagram, for its part, says it will be ramping up its efforts along these lines even more so than what it included in the announcement today.

    Also from the company’s post: “Since the early days of Instagram, we have auto-detected and removed fake accounts to protect our community. Today’s update is just another step in keeping Instagram a vibrant community where people connect and share in authentic ways. We’ll have more updates in the coming weeks on additional measures we’re taking to tackle inauthentic activity on Instagram.”

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    How To Know If Your Android Smartphone Is Charging Fast Or Slowly

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    The next thing I hate after slow Internet is slow charging .   I made a post previously on

     10 Reasons Why Your Smartphone May Be Charging Slowly

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    If you’ve read that post above you can now proceed to this part of the post.

    Download Ampere

    This App Shows You How Fast Your Device Is Charging.

    The Results You’ll  see below are taken from different current sources.

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    Photo 1 –  Charging with 1.2A Charger
    Photo 2 – Charging with 1A charger
    Photo 3 –  Charging with 1.A power bank port

    My powerbank’s capacity is 10000maH while my phone battery is about 3600maH, meaning it should charge my phone fully about 2 times.

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    The higher the ampere, the faster your phone charges.

     
     Download Ampere  

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    Full Exclusive Post – How To Get 10,000 Followers On Instagram Within One Week

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    A few weeks ago I had a little personal challenge I wanted to achieve. To see how I’ll get 10,000 followers on Instagram within 1 week and I actually got it.

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    Here’s a screenshot –

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    Now I’m guessing you must be wondering how I got the followers ,So without further ado let me get straight to the point.

    Requirements For This

    1. An Android Smartphone
    2. App Cloner – Download Here
    3. Neutrino + – Dowload Here
    4. Instagram App. I believe you should have this before even opening this post

    How It Works

    Neutrino + has over 5 Million Downloads and about 8 Million Users globally so your account isn’t followed by bots. They are real people and can unfollow you at anytime. A couple of people tend to unfollow sometimes. Luckily the app has a way to punish people that don’t keep following you.

    The main aim of this app is to get 359 crystals then boost your account to gain followers. However, you can either follow other people to get crystals or simply buy the crystals but in this tutorial I’ll be showing you how to trick the system a bit.

    • Normally Instagram lets you sign in to multiple accounts on one app so all you have to do is create at least 2 fake accounts. (Make sure you take note of the username and password)
    • Post 2 pictures on each of the accounts then wait for about 5 Minutes.
    • Launch App Cloner then select Neutrino + and change the icon color then click the tick icon and wait for it to clone (Make sure you have enough space in your phone before doing this) 
    • Once it finishes cloning you’ll have 3 Neutrino + Apps on your phone
    • Login to your main account on the original neutrino app and log in to your fake accounts on the two cloned apps.
    • In order to get a bonus when opening the Neutrino + use this referral code – 8362171
    • Click on the star icon to start subscribing to people on the fake accounts (Don’t do this with your main account)
    • Keep subscribing till you see an error message that you are following too much. 
    • Click on the big crystal button on the bottom right of the app then slide to more crystals
    • Scroll down then transfer all the crystals to your main account – your nickname is your main username
    • Repeat the same thing on the second fake account then go back to your main account on Neutrino then click on the star icon then select gain followers.
    Then watch your followers grow. Repeat the procedure after 10 minutes, just follow with the fake accounts , transfer to your main account then boost to gain followers.

    If you have any questions mail me – [email protected]

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    WhatsApp’s Latest Update Now Supports Stickers – How To Get It On Your Phone

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    WhatsApp is packing up features it’s about to release on it’s app soon and the latest addition is WhatsApp stickers. I actually saw this coming when I first spotted a sticker folder on my phone, now the feature is coming to Whatsapp.

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    Currently the packs only include static Stickers, animated Stickers will be available in the near future.

    Sticker categories  have also been added that allows you to search for a sticker from a specific category.

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    To send Stickers, you need to tap the Stickers button, located on the chat bar on IOS and on the keyboard on Android, and WhatsApp will present you the WhatsApp Store, where you can choose which Stickers Packs you want to download.

    All Stickers Packs are free currently .When you receive a Sticker, you can quickly open the Stickers Pack where it’s contained in selecting it:

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    WhatsApp Is Working On Adding A Face ID and Finger Print Feature – How To Get It

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    While we all are waiting for the Facebook owned instant messaging platform to launch the night mode, WaBetaInfo – a website that follows up the latest updates coming from Whatsapp has revealed that WhatsApp is working on adding a FaceID and Biometrics feature

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    Touch ID/ Face ID Feature:

    The Touch ID/ Face ID feature is a new feature still in works usable only if your device has Face ID or Touch ID support.

    WhatsApp Touch IDImage Credit: Wabetainfo – Touch ID for iOS

    When this feature is enabled, every time you open your WhatsApp, Face ID or Touch I D authentication will be required. This is a new protection level added by WhatsApp. If you enter too many wrong attempts, WhatsApp will ask you to enter your Passcode.
    Once the feature is available, you’ll find it in your Privacy Settings>>Touch ID.
    It appears this feature (Touch I D/ Face ID) is currently being develop for iPhone users, and we don’t know if it will be made available for Android users in the future.
    If you want to get this feature once its available before other people get it, update to WhatsApp beta. Go to playstore and scroll down on the whatsapp page and select – become a beta tester, then update your whatsapp.
    In the meantime, I have a pretty bad feeling about the status ads that are coming to WhatsApp soon.

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