April 20, 2015
Facebook-owned WhatsApp is boasting it now has 800 million monthly active users.
WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum made the announcement in a Facebook post: “WhatsApp — now serving 800,000,000 monthly active users. Reminder for the press out there: active and registered users are not the same thing.”
The mobile messaging service has been enjoying rapid growth for months.
In January, Koum announced it had more than 700 million monthly active users sending more than 30 billion messages a day.
Facebook officially took ownership of WhatsApp in October, but the firm has continued on as a separate entity from the social media site.
Facebook was originally set to pay $19 billion for the popular app, forking over $4 billion in cash and approximately $12 billion worth of Facebook shares. The deal was also to include $3 billion in restricted stock units for WhatsApp’s founders and employees that will vest over four years. Facebook stock, however, increased from the time the terms of the deal were originally discussed, meaning the social network actually paid out about $21.8 billion.
It may be a colossal amount of money, but it appears it was money well spent given the ever-increasing popularity of WhatsApp. In fact, it’s user growth in the five years since its launch has easily surpassed that of Facebook, Gmail, Twitter and Skype — all of which are extremely popular Internet services or networks.