Published: Fri, April 14, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Facebook Messenger crosses 1.2 bn monthly active users

Facebook Messenger crosses 1.2 bn monthly active users

Anand Chandrasekaran, Director, Facebook said, "On behalf of the entire Messenger team, we'd like to thank our growing community of more than 1.2 billion people who use Messenger every month".

David Marcus, head of Messaging products at Facebook, also took to Facebook to celebrate the milestone. Facebook seems to be molding Messenger into more than just a chat application.

There are some that have misgivings about the platform considering Facebook forces users to download it, unlike Whatsapp, which is still a larger messaging service.

Reports suggest Facebook's flagship app has 1.74 billion monthly mobile active users.

In July past year, Facebook had said it had 1 billion users of Messenger, its messaging service on the social networking platform.

While messaging apps continue to gain popularity across the world, Facebook, on its part, has continued to add services to keep its audience engaged on the app. The social media giant recently introduced Facebook Messenger Day which was yet another attempt to counter Snapchat.

The fact that it has surpassed the billion user app club is a great achievement for the program. As for other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram, these still could reach the same mark in the coming years or so. Facebook, which makes a lot of its revenue from adverts, is looking toward ways of generating revenue from these apps.

Furthermore, Marcus told TechCrunch that Messenger "increased engagement massively in terms of number of messages sent per active user". Besides, since its separation from Facebook's main platform, Messenger has been evolving and adding new features like chatbots, payments, video calls, and a Snapchat-like feature called Messenger Day. Facebook Messenger seems to have a bright future ahead and it may not be too long before it grows to 1.5 or even 2 billion monthly active users.

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