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BBM what? WhatsApp has over 250M monthly users

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BBM what? WhatsApp has over 250M monthly users
The WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum really loves to talk about how big the platform is getting. It happens so often that it makes us wonder whether or not Koum is really just trying to impress potential buyers. The other reason to parade the numbers so often is to reinforce the growth trend. The better the numbers, the more users trust the product, and the more people join. It's a virtuous circle.

Koum has come out and said that WhatsApp now boasts over 250 million active monthly users, which is up from the 200 million that was implied for the platform just two months ago. At the time, Koum had said that WhatsApp had more users than Twitter, and Twitter had said that its active user base was around 200 million. 

At the time, Koum also said that WhatsApp was processing 18 billion messages per day, and that number peaked recently at 25 billion messages in one day. Those are all very impressive numbers, especially when you take into account WhatsApp has only been around for 4 years, although to be fair, the trend to move away from SMS has been a very recent one. 

source: WSJ

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posted on 20 Jun 2013, 17:50 10

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Bbm what? The title is a bit misleading, I thought whatsapp spokesmen jab bbm...

just like Google+ competing facebook, no matter how awesome the Google+ is, people is on the comfort zone in the facebook pillows :)

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 00:39

16. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Love the title :)

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:02 2

19. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Agree with Wendy.. Just Michael H adding a little something.. The feature doesn't even make mention of the BBM user count, only Twitter which is not exactly a messaging client.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 18:00

2. krimHD (Posts: 106; Member since: 23 May 2012)


you got that right

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:47

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3555; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


nop....

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 18:21 2

3. WestFiasco (unregistered)


I still prefer BBM to Whatsapp, i hope the android version will be just as good as the native Blackberry versoion.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:06

20. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


But BBM still doesn't allow calls via cellular.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 07:20

21. WestFiasco (unregistered)


All in due time, In my opinion BBM performs similar to a social network while whatsapp is just a messaging application with a few features thrown in over time. It was created out of the necessity for a cross platform messaging service, out of all the current cross platform messaging services whatsapp is the best. If BBM goes cross platform my opinion of whatsapp as the best will change.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:07 4

5. antifanboy14 (Posts: 68; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


While BBM is way better than WhatsApp

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 21:44 2

10. a_tumiwa (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


and many IMs are better than BBM, but not as famous as BBM, its all about marketing/brand image/who`s first/luck , etc

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 22:23 3

12. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


What's App is far superior with their last couple of updates. The problem with BBM is they waited WAY too long to join the fun in other platforms. If they had come out with it for Android or IOS years ago like everyone wanted to they would be untouchable.

The problem is we're all creatures of habit. What's App works great and all my friends are already on it so why switch to BBM. I have the same issue with Hangouts. Even though I love the interface and works phenomenal, I generally only use it for video chats.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 19:44

6. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


i wonder if android will have a dedicated messaging service like BBM or imessage

ifreakin hate iwords

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 22:20

11. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


It's called Hangouts and works amazingly based on my experience with it. It's like a What's App with video and group video chatting with one touch.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 00:37

15. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Android and iOS is getting BBM.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 21:31 3

8. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Whatsapp is intended to reach mass without chocking terms and conditions so is popular.

posted on 20 Jun 2013, 21:43 1

9. a_tumiwa (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


maybe 3-4 years later, would surpass skype

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 00:08 1

13. Jason2k13 (Posts: 648; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


soon whatsapp will not be free, id like to see how many users they will have after that update.

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 00:26

14. Retro-touch (Posts: 260; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


Its not intended to be free forever, they give you 9 months then you have to pay either way, they're running a business bro

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 01:04

17. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 864; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


didn't they change that policy because so many people were jumping ship to other messaging platforms?

posted on 21 Jun 2013, 01:29

18. a_tumiwa (Posts: 280; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


my whatsapp on android give me free the first year then u need pay for the next years , 1 dollar / year
not expensive but without credit card, it`s annoying

posted on 25 Jun 2013, 01:30

22. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2691; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Michael, your headline is misleading. I thought it would be about BBM vs Whatsapp.

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