Facebook recently announced that its instant messenger WhatsApp hits 1 billion daily active users globally. Only 6.5 billion to go! There’re around 7.5 billion people on this planet. And the messaging tycoon says that 13.3% of them are making use of WhatsApp every day.
Facebook is leading in the race to bring Snapchat’s Stories format to rest of the globe before its creator. WhatsApp Status, its Snapchat Stories clone, now hits 250Mn daily active users. Besides, users of the messaging app are presently sending 55 billion messages and 4.5 billion photos per day.
More admired overseas than aforementioned is in the US, WhatsApp currently supports 60 languages and has swiftly extended its worldwide user base by being free, easy, and offering features, which lacks in traditional SMS.
The introduction to voice and video calls, two-step verification, Status feature, and design refinements also helped WhatsApp entice more users since last year when it had just 1 billion monthly active users.
WhatsApp hits 1 billion daily active users in which more than 200 million users in India. And given the huge popularity of the app, it will likely continue to rise in the market. When asked about this achievement, WhatsApp said
“Just last year, we shared that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every month. Today, we are excited and proud to share that one billion people around the world use WhatsApp every day to stay in touch with their family and friends.”
In today’s Facebook earnings call, Zuckerberg declared the 250 million metric update. That’s up from 175 million, which Facebook CEO unveiled earlier in this year on the company’s previous earning call. According to him, Facebook and WhatsApp are now putting up teams to monetize their messaging apps.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum pursued along with his own stats’ blog post, saying that
“As we celebrate this milestone, we’re committed more than ever to bringing you more useful features to enjoy, while delivering the reliability, simplicity, and security you expect with WhatsApp.”
For now, it’s hard to say if the popularity of WhatsApp will steal a considerable portion of Snapchat’s users. For Snapchat, which has been endeavoring to stay alive against the rising confronts from its rival Facebook, ‘WhatsApp hits 1 billion daily active users’ won’t come as a good news.
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