WhatsApp, the most popular instant messaging app for mobile and handheld devices has now claimed to have 400 million monthly active users. The number is quite more than the number of users Facebook has. Thus one can imagine the growing popularity of the app.
Those who are not aware of the app, it allows you to send text messages, voice and video messages as well. Jan Koum, WhatsApp's CEO, in a blog post revealed the news and also said that the app received a 100 million active users in the last four months alone.
The blog post further read, "Our goal in creating WhatsApp was to empower people through technology and communication, no matter who they are, or where they live. WhatsApp has reached a milestone that no other mobile messaging service has achieved: 400 million monthly active users, with 100 million active users added in the last four months alone.
This isn't a count of people who just registered for WhatsApp - it's the number of people who are actively using the service every single month."
Santa Clara based instant messaging service was in fact created in 2009 by former Yahoo! employees Brian Acton and Jan Koum. Now the company through blog post also says that it currently has just 50 employees.
Reportedly, AllThingsD says that WhatsApp service deals with 16 billion messages per day and about about 32 billion messages are received per day and some 500 million images are sent per day by users via WhatsApp.
Now the same company is leading far ahead of other similar instant messaging apps like WeChat, SnapChat and LINE.