Chat Apps Continue Growth
Jon Russell just alerted us to a tweet from WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum that reveals the service’s latest active user numbers – and an impressive new milestone:
Now serving 600,000,000 monthly active users. Yes, active and registered are very different types of numbers…
— jan koum (@jankoum) August 25, 2014
For context, WhatsApp only just passed the 500 million mark back in April, which means the service is currently growing by an astonishing 800,000 new active users every day – that’s more than 9 every second.
WeChat continues to impress too, with 438 million users, the majority of whom are still in China.
LINE and Kakaotalk also appear to be growing, although neither service reports monthly active user numbers, so direct comparisons are tricky.
Similarly, Jon reports that Tango now has 70 million active users, while Viber – another favourite in APAC – has around 100 million active users.
Keep your eye on those numbers though – after last week’s update, we’re probably going to need to update our Chat App Users infographic again…