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Facebook Messenger is growing at a stunning rate

by Todd Haselton | June 12, 2015June 12, 2015 4:00 pm PST

The number of people using Facebook Messenger is growing at an astounding rate.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said this week that Facebook Messenger, the company’s chat platform that’s available online and on mobile devices, is now home to more than 700 million users. If we’re bullish, that’s more than 100 million users since March when Facebook said it had “more than 600 million” Facebook Messenger users.

Let’s put that number in perspective for a moment. 100 million new users in 3 months is more than 33 million people per month. It also means that Facebook convinced the equivalent of one third of the U.S. population to join its service in that time period. Pretty incredible, if indeed Facebook had closer to 600 million users in March.

But also take this into consideration: Facebook paid $16 billion to acquire WhatsApp when it had 400 million users; and Facebook Messenger is now nearly twice that size. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg said WhatsApp has continued to grow and now has more than 800 million users.

It’s no wonder the service is gaining in popularity, though. Facebook launched a dedicated Messenger website and has even added features like gaming and payments. The company might be viewed by some as purely a social network, but it’s also now a titan of chat.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...