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Hi All. Rob Cairns here! I am the CEO/Chief Creator of Amazing Ideas at I hope you are all having a great day.

Before I get into today’s topic, I want to make a special announcement. The next episode of this podcast is episode 50. In episode 50 I am going to reflect on the podcast journey, my business journey and some highlights of past episodes. You will not want to miss this one!

Today I want to talk about something that came out of a conversation I had with a good friend. We were talking about different messaging services. He asked me which one I like and I actually said it does not really matter. Use the one where your friends/tribe is. This may mean using multiple services. Let’s talk about this.

Before the smartphone, we all used computer/web-based messaging services. At that time there were services like ICQ, MSN Messanger, AOL Messanger, Private Messages in IRC and even Yahoo Messanger.

The problem is none of these messaging services talked to each other. They all had different protocols. Different users preferred different services. As a result, being the tech junkie I am, I had different services on my computer. I actually preferred ICQ but that was killed when AOL bought it. 

Fast forward to today.  Some of the services we have for private messaging include the following:

  • Skype
  • Google Hangouts
  • Slack
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Facebook Messanger
  • Instagram Messages
  • Twitter Dm’s
  • WhatsApp
  • Telegram
  • Signal
  • Imessage
  • SMS Messages

And more….

See the problem. Not much has changed for the better. Actually, it is worse than it ever has been. 

Not only do we not have a standard for messaging we also do not an encryption standard. This is a bit of a problem.

Imessage, Signal and Whatsapp are encrypted. Believe it or not, SMS is not encrypted. This might be changing as the telecommunication carriers are working on a new messaging standard for cell phones that will encrypt messages on featured phones (yes they still have these) and Android phones. This is a step in the right direction.

Imessage does talk to SMS which is a good thing and I would assume it will talk to the new SMS replacement standard when it is ready.

The service I think has some really cool features is Telegram. It does a nice job of letting you send videos and pictures. I have used it many times and really like it.

Many of these services allow you to make voice calls when you are connected to Wifi to other users of the service which is really handy. This makes life a lot easier when you are roaming so you can join free Wifi and contact someone.

Do I have a favourite messaging service? Not really it depends on who I am trying to connect with and for what purpose, That really matters more for me – functionality.

Imagine the mess we would be in if each email provider all had a separate email standard? We basically have pop/IMAP with SMTP sending and exchange for large corporations., These are really the big players and it lets us talk seamlessly around the world. Exchange server and IMAP/pop/SMTP all talk to each other.

We don’t have to worry about which system the receiver is using. Email just works. Imagine a messaging world that worked this way? Why not it would make sense.

Maybe one day but for now we keep going using, mutiple messaging apps but we can only dream and wish for seamless communication.

As always thanks for joining me. I appreciate each one of you and I love you all! 

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