Famous messaging app “WhatsApp” reached landmark by hitting 500 million users
Mark Zuckerberg has said -
“WhatsApp was on track to reaching a billion users. And they are already halfway there.”.
WhatsApp announced Tuesday that it has hit 500 million active users just less than five years after launching. That’s up from around 450 million in mid-February when Facebook announced plans to acquire the company for $16 billion, plus another $3 billion in restricted stock units for employees and the founders.
The app’s fastest growing markets are Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia.
The social network’s fastest growth over the past 12 months has been in the same four countries .Even in Pakistan, numbers have started to grow with launch of free Whatsap service by several telecom companies.
Prospects of growth for whatsapp are even higher as it starts to launch its own SIM cards giving nightmares to the current telecom operators in several countries.
WhatsApp is not yet considering monetizing as their primary goal. They are aware that user-experience is the most important thing as of now.
Koum said -
“There’s not enough money and not enough celebrities in the world to convince people to use a shitty product. People are so savvy these days. People expect a good user experience.”