By: Gugu Lourie
WhatsApp, global messaging service, has reached over 400m monthly active users globally, says company co-founder and CEO Jan Koum on the WhatsApp blog, adding that in the last four months alone the group added 100m active users.
This makes WhatsApp bigger than Twitter, which disclosed in November that it has 232m monthly active users. Facebook has more than 1 billion monthly active users.
“Today, we’re proud to announce that because of you, WhatsApp has reached a milestone that no other mobile messaging service has achieved: 400m monthly active users, with 100m active users added in the last four months alone. This isn’t a count of people who just registered for WhatsApp – it’s the number of people who are actively using the service every single month,” says Koum.
WhatsApp, which employs 50 people, charges users only $1 per annum for unlimited texts on its messaging platform.
“Our goal in creating WhatsApp was to empower people through technology and communication, no matter who they are, or where they live. We wanted to improve people’s lives in some small way. So thank you for making that possible. Thank you for sharing your stories, and please, keep them coming – we can’t wait to hear what you’ll use WhatsApp for next,” explains Koum.
WhatsApp says its messaging service was growing due to people sharing their stories with co-workers, friends, and loved ones.
“There was the woman from New Zealand who moved to South Africa to complete her PhD. The week before she left to go back home, she met the man of her dreams. Despite living thousands of miles apart, she told us that WhatsApp has allowed them to feel closer than ever,” says Koum.
“We also heard from a British woman who runs a charity in Uganda. She told us that her team on the ground uses WhatsApp to send daily reports, photos, and videos of the children they’re helping, which she shares to build support for her organization all over the world.”
WhatsApp is also assisting doctors to save lives.
“Doctors in India are using WhatsApp to instantly send electrocardiogram pictures of patients who’ve suffered heart attacks, saving valuable time and potentially lives. In the mountains of Madrid, rescuers used WhatsApp to locate and save lost hikers,” Koum says. “And today, as I follow the unfolding political crisis in Ukraine, the place where I was born and lived until the age of sixteen, I can’t help but hope that the next great WhatsApp story will be about people using the service to speak their mind and stand up for their basic rights.”
This piece was lifted with permission from Tech Financials