Whatsapp has been growing at an alarming rate, the cross-platform messaging app has announced that it processed 27 billion messages in 24 hours, a new all time record in the history of mobile messaging service. This record shatters the previous one held by the company at 18 billion messages on December 2012.
Whatsapp in a tweet said that out of the 27 billion messages that were processed, 10 billion were sent messages, while 17 billion were received messages. The difference between the two figures is largely due to the group messages that were sent.
@walidhajj difference in inbound vs. outbound is due to group chat.sending one msg into group chat of 10 people is 1:10 inbound:outbound— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) January 2, 2013
The previous record which came during the end of the year is understandable, as it is the peak time for people to send messages to friends and loved ones, but this new record comes during an uneventful day which makes it all the more surprising. Previously, CEO Jan Koum said that the service has over 200 million active users. Although, he did not give the exact figures he said that these number are bigger then that of Twitter.
Chinese cross-platform messenger app, WeChat is perhaps one messenger app that has more users then Whatsapp, but then again most of it's users are from China. After all the country does have over 1.344 billion people living in it. According to a report from memeburn, WeChat has over 300 million users out of which only 40 million is from other countries.
Whtasapp is especially popular in India, it is the number one free application for Android and number one paid application for iPhones in the country. Whatsapp has expressed it's plans on expanding in the country by tieing up with telecom firms and it looks to stay true to it's policy of no-adds. The app is currently available for Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone, Symbian, Asha and iOS platforms.