One in seven people on the planet use WhatsApp

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If you live in the United States you likely use Snapchat, Facebook Messenger, maybe even something like Voxer but it’s unlikely that you use WhatsApp. Yes, WhatsApp, the company that Facebook acquired for a whopping $19B now has over one billion monthly active users (Source – Forbes). This is even more than Facebook’s own messenger service which boasts 800 million monthly active users.


(Sources – Forbes, Statista)

So where is WhatsApp so popular? In India, Mexico, and Brazil you don’t text someone, and you don’t Snapchat with them, you WhatsApp them. Smartphone have become much more accessible in countries like India and the adoption rates are growing exponentially:

“More than 1 billion smartphones shipped last year. In India, 26 million of them — 58 percent of the market — cost less than $150, according to research firm IDC.” (Source – Wired)

It can be easy to think that you’re on the pulse of what’s happening in the world, but in reality many of us are mostly aware of what’s happening here at home. It’s incredible to see a small, well-executed startup (WhatsApp only has 50 engineers (Source – Wired)) achieving such amazing growth.

In the battle of the messaging apps it looks like Facebook might just own the market, for now.

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{ 6 comments… add one }

  • John February 6, 2016, 10:02 am

    Mr Zuckerberg once again proved his Wall St. critics wrong. Morgan is WhatsApp also used in China? I know Weibo is very big there. Thank you.

  • Monday February 6, 2016, 12:07 pm

    Why is WhatsApp not used well in the US?

  • Mike Maillet February 6, 2016, 1:18 pm

    Almost everyone that I deal with, including Family and Business Associates in the USA, Canada and Italy use WhatsApp. It is VERY popular in the USA.

  • Joe February 6, 2016, 8:34 pm

    If you saw down the street walking with smartphone typing the WhatsApp is bestial sleep with the phone as if it were stuffed animal is an addiction in many countries here in Spain young people use it all the time, when I receive messages from WhatsApp the speed that sent me is terrible if they were so fast with the keyboard of the laptop to the more difficult and is the fastest small keyboard will appear robots.

  • Nick February 7, 2016, 12:28 am

    Done use face book nor whats app. just twitter, not even that much.

  • Joseph Peterson February 7, 2016, 1:35 pm

    It would be interesting to see a full-scale study of communication methods used by the world’s population.

    As a sample question: In the past hour / day / week, have you sent / received a message using email / QQ / Skype / Facebook / Twitter / land-line phone / mobile phone (voice) / WhatsApp / etc.

    A breakdown by nationality, language, income, age, sex, etc. would be illuminating. Perhaps such a comprehensive global study has already been undertaken. It damn well ought to have been by now, but it wouldn’t come cheap.


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