Can you guess what's the current user base of Facebook Messenger?

Can you guess what's the current user base of Facebook Messenger?
Earlier this year, Facebook undertook a rather unpopular course of action and decided to force its mobile users to download its Messenger app and strip the main Facebook app from its chat functionality. Hence, the largest social network received a lot of flak for this decision, but of course, those who wanted to continue using the app had to give in and download Messenger on their devices.

It seems, however, that this forceful and unpopular solution has given fruit and Messenger has seen its user-base grow more than twice-fold ever since this very April. From roughly 200 million enthusiasts that have enjoyed the chat heads-enabled app, Messenger now has well over 500 million users on a global basis. Of course, this gain has also lead to an improvement of the app's market share.

Several days ago, Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, addressed the undertaken changes and explained why Messenger got forced on users – the reason for this was to improve the user experience by providing mobile Facebook users with a dedicated messaging app, which solely focuses on this rather important functionality.

Are you surprised by the amount of users that Messenger has amassed over the past few months?

source: BBC

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7 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2279; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Well I got this app from xda (can't remember) which lets me use the "messenger" on the fb app. As for the question, no.

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

do share the name of this App, I want it too

2. android_hitman unregistered

Well I will never install another crap app. And when whatsapp will be integrated to Facebook Messenger I will switch to google hangouts.

5. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Why switch?, simply use whats available and what works better for you at the time being... I currently use Whatsapp > Hangouts > FB Messenger.... the switching depends on momentarily needs. If I need regular chatting with most of my friends, Whatsapp it is... If I need video calls, SMS or calls that don't count as timed plan, Hangout it is If I need to contact someone that I don't have the phone number, FB Messenger it is...

3. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I've been able to avoid downloading/installing Messenger, and remain using the Messages part of the Facebook app (for Android; Nexus 4). Every day or so, I go to Settings > Apps > Facebook > Clear Data / Force Stop (damn apps depletes my battery). When I use it next (and every time after doing that ^ ), I get the Facebook Messenger Popup (when I go to Messages) but it allows me to click the 'Remind Me Later' button and I can read and reply to messages. I really hate Facebook for forcing this stupid crapware on people

6. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Well it's not like the messenger app for Facebook sucks, I works great it provides a pop-up any where on your screen that doesn't interrupt what you are doing on the phone and you can tap that pop-up to open a window to read the message and reply all without having the app you were already on close on you or restart. And since the amount of users doubled can only mean lots of people like it.

7. rdaex

Posts: 152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Oddly enough, there is this one cool app on every phone that allows access to FB messenger. Its pretty tough to get to though. On iOS, swipe around like a chicken with your head cut off until you find the word "Safari" On Android, open your app drawer, and find (in alphabetical order probably) the word "Chrome" Once you open these apps.. you can type into the address bar:www.facebook.com. Then press enter. Upon opening this "web page", you will be asked to log into your facebook account. Dont worry, this is normal. Log in as you would on your home PC. Up at the top of the webpage, there is a link for messages. Click that.

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