Your favourite instant messaging mobile app WhatsApp now has more than 1 billion active monthly users, according to this WhatsApp blog update. According to the update, these 1 billion active monthly users are using WhatsApp during natural disasters, health emergencies, for finding a date, for buying an engagement ring, for growing small business or seeking better life in general. A 1 billion count makes 1 in 7 people on earth using WhatsApp. Facebook had purchased WhatsApp back in 2014 for $ 22 billion (or maybe $ 19 billion, it isn’t very clear) and at the time of the sale, the instant messaging app had more than 600 million active monthly users.
Recently WhatsApp went completely free ditching the $ 1 per year fee it was supposedly charging, but frankly, I haven’t come across anybody who has ever paid WhatsApp for its use. Charging people for the use of WhatsApp would have been a big hassle especially considering the fact that the instant messaging mobile app is mostly being used in countries where most of the people don’t use credit cards as actively as in America and Europe. Instead, the company will be focusing on creating business opportunities that can be used from within the app without causing annoyance to its users.
There are very few companies on the Internet that have been able to cross this benchmark of 1 billion active users. Even Gmail just recently crossed the 1 billion mark.
There have been reports that Facebook and WhatsApp are being integrated so that messages and user content can be shared between both the apps seamlessly.