WhatsApp is no longer just a mobile messaging app. It’s part of a Facebook’s new global vision for a connected, wearable future. And now it’s also a means of telling stories.
The literary blog stories for your screen went viral this week with a story that combines narrative innovation and mobile messaging. An impressive use of the medium, the WhatsApp chat history has an impressive dramatic immediacy. As the reader wait for annie96 to finish typing, the suspense of the story builds. It begins with an introduction from Pascal Chatterjee:
While playing around with WhatsApp, I stumbled across a weird chat history between two people I don’t know. It scared the hell out of me. When I tried to find it again, the app crashed, and kept crashing.
Message by message, the story „Annie96 is typing…“ unfolds like any WhatsApp chat session:
It’s nighttime and the wind is making a noise “like cats fighting”. annie96 is at home in bed messaging her friend David, when she hears a noise outside her window. The reader clicks to see the next message. There’s a man in her garden. Is it her friend David playing a prank or something more sinister?
SEE ALSO: Is Annie96 real? WebMagazin’s interview with author Pascal Chatterjee.