WhatsApp Now Has 500 Million Users – But For How Much Longer

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In a recent blog post WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum announced that the company, acquired by Facebook back in February, now had more than 500 Million users on its network.

Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work — because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.

The humble text message (SMS) turned 20 years old back in December 2013, and after a dramatic growth, it has seen a steady drop off in the last few years, thanks mainly to more feature rich alternatives like WhatsApp. Back in August 2013 WhatsApp was handling 10 Billion messages per day, and they just recently quoted a figure of 320 million daily active users – incredible numbers.

Speculation remains on what Facebook’s plans are for WhatsApp – do they intend to replace their own messaging service with the new acquisition, or simply shuffle the massive user base over into the Facebook world and monetise all their data.

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