wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Facebook Messenger crosses 1 billion active users

Facebook’s standalone messenger app Messenger has crossed 1 billion monthly active users (MAUs), 6 months after it claimed to have crossed 900 million MAUs, and almost 5 years since initial launch in August 2011. Messenger now joins the 1 billion club, which earlier included Facebook owned messaging service WhatsApp, and Google owned YouTube, Gmail and Google Maps. The only messenger service that is closely trailing the 1 billion mark is Chinese chat app WeChat that crossed 700 MAUs in April. In December 2012, Facebook had revamped its Messenger platform and allowed users to sign-up for the service, even if they don’t have a Facebook account. This was at a time when the social networking giant itself had just crossed the 1 billion MAUs mark and was in talks with WhatsApp, to acquire it, while WhatsApp eventually refuted it. By that time, it was pretty clear that Facebook wanted a piece of the mobile-based chat platform revolution. Interestingly, the service was rolled out on Messenger for Android, first in India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela and South Africa in 2012, with other countries following after that. However note that Facebook did not entirely build the app by itself: In March 2011, before Messenger came into being, Facebook acquired a ‘task-sharing’ app Beluga and on boarded its technology and the core team as well. Beluga allowed users to make to-do lists, notes, messages, and simply share it with a group of friends. By October 2011, Beluga shut down and lived on inside Facebook Messenger ever since. Messenger developments:…

Please subscribe/login to read the full story.
Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

Studying the 'community' supporting the late Sushant Singh Rajput (SSR) shows how Twitter was gamed through organized engagement

News

Do we have an enabling system for the National Data Governance Framework Policy (NDGFP) aiming to create a repository of non-personal data?

News

A viewpoint on why the regulation of cryptocurrencies and crypto exchnages under 2019's E-Commerce Rules puts it in a 'grey area'

News

India's IT Rules mandate a GAC to address user 'grievances' , but is re-instatement of content removed by a platform a power it should...

News

There is a need for reconceptualizing personal, non-personal data and the concept of privacy itself for regulators to effectively protect data

You May Also Like

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ