With no less than 700 million active users, WhatsApp has a little more than half as many users as Facebook.
Jan Koum, the CEO and cofounder of WhatsApp, has embraced the spirit of new year with a Facebook post, saying the user numbers of his chatting app. WhatsApp now has 700 million monthly active users, up from 600 million at the end of August.
The overall number of users combine to send more than 30 billion daily messages. That’s more than four messages for every person on Earth. Facebook acquired the messaging app in February for a then shocking $16 billion (plus another $3 billion on stock incentives). Since then, the app has steadily added users, leading some to predict that it would top 1 billion faster than Facebook.
While it is relatively unknown in the US, WhatsApp is particularly large in Asia. The messaging service market in Asia is particularly competitive, attracting investments from other major tech companies. E-commerce giant Alibaba took a $215 million stake in Tango and Chinese conglomerate Tencent continuously grows WeChat. Monthly active users is the most popular metric used to analyze the size and often the success of tech companies.