WhatsApp CEO claims it has more users than Twitter and more messages than Facebook

WhatsApp CEO claims it has more users than Twitter and more messages than Facebook
WhatsApp is a pretty amazingly popular app. The idea is simple enough: it's a messaging app similar to BlackBerry Messenger, but WhatsApp is available on multiple platforms. There are a number of apps that do the same, but WhatsApp seems to be winning the war of users, because its CEO is now claiming that the app has more users than Twitter and more messages than Facebook.

Speaking at the AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile conference, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum said that the app has more users than Twitter. She didn't give an exact number, but Twitter has recently put its user base at 200 million monthly users. Although, probably more impressive than that, Koum went on to say that WhatsApp processes 18 billion messages every day, which is nearly double the 10 billion per day that Facebook reportedly handles. 

Koum defended the company's decision to leave behind ads and move to a paid subscription model, saying that there are too many ads these days. She said that WhatsApp hasn't lost any users since moving to the paid model, which isn't really a surprise since a subscription is a mere 99 cents per year.

source: AllThingsD

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16 Comments

1. DaNTRoN

Posts: 135; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Why does anyone need this app. Or bbm for that matter I never understood it. SMS works on networks whatsapp or bbm or imessage won't.

6. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Think about the people who message their friends and family in other countries.....SMS can get really expensive, and also the app only requires wifi or data connection, so it doesn't have to rely on cell services solely. Lastly, group chatting on what'sapp is great and you can add up to 30 members!!! Also sharing videos and pictures is easier and faster on whatsapp

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I wonder who's thumbing everyone down! I'm curious if here's a bot programmed to thumb everyone down. Coming to the point, i agree with you. Since the day i started using whatsapp, i've never really used sms, except to people who doesn't use whatsapp, and that's about 3% of my contacts.

13. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Same here... you can't send contacs, location, pictures audio and video over SMS... specially if you dont have a MMS service active... SMS is one of the most expensive things for what is actually worth, right up there with printer ink and pop corns.... Whatsapp and other data messaging services are really cheap and does not have a lentgh limit to each message

14. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Not to mention SMS is a fairly unreliable and old standard. It doesnt have any guarantee of message delivery nor does it have any kind of security, SMS messages are easily intercepted.

15. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Thanks for educating him.

16. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Actually, its a max of 50* members in a group now

10. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Have you even used whatsapp? I have never used SMS since I started using whatsapp. I use a dirp cheap 2G internet plan which is more than enough to drive whatsapp when I'm outside. At home wi-fi handles it. So whereever network is available I can access whatsapp. Besides, the group facility is truly awesome, as well as the media and stuff...

11. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

Here is why people use whatsapp, It works on symbion, bb os6/7/10, andoid 2.3-4.2, ios 4-6. count how many phones have those os and then tell me why this shouldnt be the most used messenger. texting is almost unlmited these days but mms and internation sms charges are still high so people prefer not paying.

12. baller23

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 18, 2013

In some countries, the networks are temporarily blocked. Whats becomes really useful then.

2. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

SMS is tired and limited, plus not everyone has unlimited text. I used this app or Kik because of the group messaging. But I didn't understand the attraction at first either until I used it.

3. gazmatic

Posts: 822; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

more users i i can imagine... because everybody i know has and uses whatsapp... but more messages..... i dunno... cuz.... well maybe cuz on facebook all most people do is ¨like¨ stuff but yh... whats app is great tons of features, multiplatform and free not like bbm and normal sms

4. gesslar

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 09, 2013

well, free as in it uses your existing data connection. which is pretty much the draw. also, the multimedia options it offers is much more robust than plain ol' SMS.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Pls bring it on Bada OS, i tried every other optioin but was unable to install or run coz it doesn't support it. It is cool and multiplatform except Bada. :,(

7. axllebeer

Posts: 272; Member since: Apr 05, 2011

Didn't know Bada was ever implemented on any phones. I've learned something new today.

8. pitak

Posts: 23; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

i love WhatsApp

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