We thought it was quite crazy when Facebook decided to spurn off Facebook’s Inbox into its own product, which was aptly named Facebook Messenger. It was even big enough to ‘move out’ from Facebook and became its own social network which was also given the ability to sign in users who didn’t even have a Facebook account.
Since then, Messenger has become a force to be reckoned with and is partly due to the fact that Facebook ‘forced’ its users to download it so as to connect with other users on the platform silently. Messenger started growing its user base rapidly and eventually, they were able to reach the momentous 1 billion active user mark on July last year and since then, it has been playing catch up with its sibling, WhatsApp.
Well now, they are neck to neck as now David Marcus, Facebook’s VP of Messaging Products announced that Messenger has reached the 1.2 billion monthly active users mark, which is similar to WhatsApp’s current count.
“We now have over 1.2 billion people actively using Messenger every month,” he said in the post, “And I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives.”
On February this year, Facebook announced that WhatsApp crossed the 1.2 billion mark and Messenger crossing this mark on April means that the company boasts of three apps that have over 1.2 billion monthly active users. Both Messenger and WhatsApp still have double the number of active users Instagram has and the photo sharing app still has a long way to go.