It is official: WhatsApp has reached the milestone of one billion active monthly users

One billion usersAre you a WhatsApper? If you are, you are in good company since now this popular instant messaging app is used by over one billion users all over the world. After a few weeks of rumours the news is now officially confirmed by the Facebook-owned service.

The announcement was given yesterday by WhatsApp and Facebook with a blog post. With this incredible result WhatsApp is now the second-most popular app in the world (guess who holds the first position? Obviously, Facebook), and nothing seems to stop its growth. The irony is that in the US WhatsApp is not so popular, but Jan Koum and Brian Acton (WhatsApp founders) are absolutly not discouraged and keep on improving their app.

So it seems that Mark Zuckerberg (the owner of Facebook) had a really good intuition when two years ago decided to acquire WhatsApp for $19 million. That’s what the company said in the post published to celebrate this achievement:

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As of today, one billion people are using WhatsApp. That’s nearly one in seven people on Earth who use WhatsApp each month to stay in touch with their loved ones, their friends and their family. We are proud of this milestone, and we’re humbled by the extraordinary ways all of you have used WhatsApp …

we’re honored to be a small part of what people are doing to make their lives and the lives of those around them better. And yet, through all the progress we’ve made together over the last seven years, our mission has never changed

But now, it’s back to work – because we still have another 6 billion people to get on WhatsApp, and a long way left to go.

Now we are all curious to see how the company will increase its profits, after that a couple of weeks ago they decided to drop the subscription fee. Jan Koum said that the plan is to make money through companies that use the app to communicate with consumers, but for the moment we have no further details.