WhatsApp: Over 500,000,000 served

WhatsApp: Over 500,000,000 served
What do you do when you run the world’s most popular instant messaging service? Fix “a lot of bugs” is one thing you can do, not that WhatsApp is ridden with problems, but the company did just surpass its 500 millionth active monthly user mark yesterday.

With that user base, WhatsApp has also been carrying the burden of sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos every day. With such milestones achieved, you would think that WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum would be in a mood to celebrate.

“We’re going to get our engineers together and fix a lot of bugs,” according to Koum. That sounds downright good and boring, which is how he likes it. The internal focus has been about keeping everything polished, “We don’t have anything huge we’ve changed in our last six months, but we’ve had probably 1,000 little bug fixes and improvements.”

We already know what the next big step is for WhatsApp, and that is voice calls, something Koum announced at Mobile World Congress. WhatsApp is already offering its own branded prepaid mobile service in Germany which allows free access to use WhatsApp messaging whether you have minutes or data available on your account or not.

WhatsApp’s co-founder, and Koum’s partner, Brian Acton likes to keep things somewhat in check as well, “I worry about how to offer a competitive set of features without making the UI difficult, the user experience worse, the application bloated. These screens are small. There’s a limited amount of memory and bandwidth. It’s just all about focus.”

WhatsApp’s strongest growth markets are India, Brazil, Mexico, and Russia, with India being the single largest market at 48 million users. Koum and Acton reiterated that WhatsApp will continue to operating independently once Facebook completes its $19 billion acquisition of the instant messaging service.

Competition is strong in the instant messaging space, but Koum is confident, noting that it takes more than just money and a flashy marketing campaign to make things happen, “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.”

source: re/code

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15 Comments

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Middle finger to Mark Z.

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

nice on,,,,

3. maxmppower unregistered

What's App?

6. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Doc....?

4. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Mark Z. Paid 19$ for whatsapp........wht an IDIOT.............It's free on the play store lol...

5. EgyDroid

Posts: 111; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

Still can't get oover that 19$ billion.........why¿?

9. james1

Posts: 97; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

How stupid can you be, whatsapp gets it's money from yearly subscriptions... 1 dollar every year and with hundreds of millions of users they earn a lot of money. Plus it is preferred over SMS in many countries. People rely on it and it wouldn't surprise me if Facebook increased the yearly subscription price to get what they put in. Did I mention also that Facebook eliminated its #1 competitor.

11. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

$500M people?? and $1 a year?? ..it would literaly take 38 years for the even the revenue to match the $19B investment!! & thats not even after calculating profits from that revenue(which are said to be $20M) ..Not a great investment is it??

7. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

they buy it and thay dont change or fix anything... I like better Whatsapp+ its better than the original now PA gonna Ban Me For CopyRight infringments Lol

8. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

the WP version still has so many bugs. and pls release the Web/PC version

10. express77 unregistered

One great app going to be crap.

12. joens16

Posts: 9; Member since: May 07, 2013

Whatsapp need a "desktop app"

13. antifanboy14

Posts: 68; Member since: Nov 26, 2012

this app is so boring and offers less features than its competitors. 19 billion, why?

14. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

because it was one of the first "always on+use phone number" cross-platform Internet Messenger, and make it one of the top 3 most popular IM

15. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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