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WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users 116

redletterdave (2493036) writes "In just two months since Facebook dropped $19 billion to buy WhatsApp, the five-year-old mobile messaging app on Tuesday announced its its active user base has grown to more than half a billion people. This is not the first time that an app has seen a major pop in users after it was acquired by Facebook: When Facebook bought Instagram in April 2012, the service boasted some 30 million users. In one month after the deal, Instagram gained 20 million new users. By July, Instagram grew to 80 million active users. WhatsApp seems to be having a similar growth spurt, gaining roughly 25 million users each month since the Facebook deal was announced."
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WhatsApp Is Well On Its Way To A Billion Users

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  • Not really true (Score:4, Interesting)

    by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @09:03PM (#46829301)

    This is going against what almost everyone here predicted would happen with both services: That no one wanted Facebook in their lives...

    I think that statement is accurate.

    What did not happen was those apps becoming Facebook. If you didn't know Facebook owned them, you might not guess it otherwise... Facebook has only been used to steer users to those apps, not to change what they do.

    The same will happen for Oculus.

  • Re: What?? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by corychristison ( 951993 ) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @09:12PM (#46829337)

    I personally use Telegram (https://telegram.org/), and have for quite some time now. I like it for various reasons. Mainly its open source, and multi-client.

    What I /don't/ like about plain jane SMS is I can't sit back at my desk and message people back who message me. I have to completely break my submersion into my computer, pick up my phone, and type on a tiny (virtual) keyboard. Drives me absolutely insane.

  • Real users? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by sstamps ( 39313 ) on Wednesday April 23, 2014 @09:25PM (#46829427) Homepage

    I'm sure Farcebork brought them some more visibility than they had, but what evidence is there that even most of them are actual bona fide new users, rather than just new accounts? FB has a history of having a significant percentage of their "accounts" being little more than "likebots" to float their "pay for likes" scheme.

    (See VSauce's channel on YT for a rather telling commentary on the FB "like" scam).

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