One day I realised that on a regular basis I was communicating with people via text, Viber, Whatsapp, email, Skype, Facebook messenger, WeChat, Google messaging, and carrier pigeon. Most of these platforms I would normally use on my phone. This is because a) some of them are native phone apps, b) I can’t just openly sit around on Facey at work like Melanie from accounts, and c) phone is life.
I also realised that using multiple messaging services was draining my time because a) typing on your phone takes longer than using a computer keyboard, b) it’s really hard to keep coming up with excuses to leave your desk so you can go hide in the stairwell and FaceTime someone, and c) I was getting overwhelmed by so many notifications across so many different apps #popular.
Enter Whatsapp web - the greatest and only messaging platform you will ever need. Nowadays I ask everyone for their phone number and then force them to download Whatsapp if they don’t have it already. Doing this is good because:
Replying from your computer is super quick and easy. If Whatsapp is not blocked at your workplace this is the best case scenario - you also look like you’re working heaps hard if you’re typing furiously, even what it’s actually just #wittybants. If Whatsapp web IS blocked at your work, I would still recommend using Whatsapp web at home and doing the majority of your personal comms like this because it WILL save you time.
You can have your iPhone on the charger because it inevitably has shit battery life, while you conveniently type on your laptop from bed. And then you don’t even drop your phone on your face and break all your teeth.
You don’t have to remember yet another fucking password.
No one knows what device you are replying from.
You then have everyone’s phone number, which can come in handy if you are from the 60s and need to actually call someone instead of texting like a normal person.
When necessary, you can be super responsive while at work, without having to pick up your phone every five seconds.
Another hack that has helped me be better at replying to people is the Archive function in Whatsapp (both web and phone apps). Once I reply to a message, I immediately go to the Chats page, swipe left on the chat in question, and hit Archive. That way you don’t get overwhelmed by a million conversations, and you know that anything still visible on the chats page you have not yet replied to. Maybe this is an unnecessary and time consuming step, but it works for me.
Whatsapp web is also the best because it’s a web application - i.e. you don’t have to download anything to your computer to use it. Check it out homies: https://web.whatsapp.com/. If you need further evidence, Whatsapp me on +852 9539 7037 and see just how quickly this Whatsapp ninja replies.