[Edited] — Fast Company

Are These Companies Killin’ It? Or Killing It?

Our world has evolved to where we are communicating in different ways and because of that, huge global companies were created to pretty much avoid face-to-face communication at all costs. Instead of picking up the phone to relay a congratulations or bad news, you can just comment on a picture or send a three second Snapchat. Some people may frown upon it, but I bet they couldn’t go a day without checking their feeds.

These companies have changed the tech and communication game:

Apple— By now, you’ve probably heard of this little company out of Silicon Valley founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. They changed the way we communicate by launching the iPhone in 2007 and have been evolving ever since. But did you know that Apple sold 340,000 iPhones a day in 2012? Or that smoking near an Apple product can void the warranty?

Google— When Larry Page and Sergey Brin created a search engine, little did they know it’d become the empire it is today. Beyond the basic search engine, their products such as Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms have changed the way teams and people effectively communicate. Did you know that there are 2 million Google searches every second? And in other news, they rent goats to eat weeds at Google HQ because they’re a lot cuter to look at than lawn equipment. Seems legit.

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Facebook — Fifteen years ago if you said the words ‘social media’, people would probably think you were speaking a foreign language. Now, if you’re not on Facebook, people think there is something wrong with you. Can you believe that people spend more than 40 minutes a day on Facebook? And check it more than 14 times a day on their smartphones? Seems crazy! What’s even crazier is that you’re not allowed to block Mark Zuckerberg. Go figure.

Snapchat — There’s nothing else quite like it out there. In 2012, Evan Spiegel launched Snapchat on iOS so users can send pictures to their friends that can only be seen for 24 hours. After that, the content ‘disappears’. Well here’s a fun fact: Users are sending 400 million Snapchats a day. Also, their ghost mascot is named Ghostface Chillah after Ghostface Killah of Wu-tang Clan. Snapchat ain’t nothin’ to f$%@ with.

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There’s no surprise that these companies ended up on our list, but what they’re doing for effective communication is. Looking back, there was no way to guess that companies would have so much influence on the way people talk to each other. Thank goodness sites like these were developed, otherwise we’d have to continue to talk to each other in person, or something weird like that.