I really like Zoom, and I own it. Bought more today, actually. My daughter’s preschool tried virtual learning last week with Google Meet and changed this week to Zoom. Zoom was so much easier and better. It’s just an easy, better product.
That being said, my wife is from South America. She calls her family 3-5 times per week. Every single time it is video calls, and it is ALWAYS through FB messenger. Her father refuses to make a FB account, but he has messenger because that is the only way he talks to his 2 daughters who live in the USA. FB Messenger allows multi videos like zoom, and it’s always free without any ads. They have no incentive to ever change to zoom, and I can guarantee you they never will.
I know this is anecdotal, but FB Messenger is completely ingrained around the world for international families. My wife had a video call with 4 of her friends from college last week, and they used Whatsapp because that is how they chat with each other, and video for multi-users is just there for free.
Zoom has a huge TAM, but it’s never going to be for “virtual happy hours” or families calling their kids in other countries. NEVER.
It is 100% an investment for businesses and schools and not for the personal or family calls. FB and Whatsapp already have that market and people aren’t going to change that. However, those people weren’t going to pay for a service anyway, and my daughter’s preschool is paying for it because we can’t have in person classes anymore.
Epictetus (long ZM, not FB)
It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.
If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.