WhatsApp: A New Way to keep in Touch

For kids, especially in college, I can’t help but recommend WhatsApp, a lightweight messaging service that sends texts through the internet rather than phone lines. It’s great if you don’t have a mobile messaging plan or are texting out of the country (take note students who are studying abroad!), and those with an Android phone might be pleased to hear there’s a simple alternative to Apple’s competing iMessage. If not everyone in your family (or friends group) has an iPhone, it might make sense to transition to WhatsApp, with its rapid messaging and photo sharing abilities. If you’re having trouble finding it among the flood of other messaging apps, look for the green icon with a telephone symbol inside of a chat bubble.

—Contributed by Luke Igel, freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology