Yup, another major milestone in the track record of the world’s biggest social media network. Facebook has just revealed that its Messenger mobile app has successfully breached the 1 billionth mark in terms of monthly user volume. Quite an achievement, and it only took a couple of years for Facebook’s chat messaging platform to reach that mark right after it became a stand alone app independent of the Facebook app. Facebook itself reached 1 billion users back in 2012, and quite inevitably, Messenger has followed suit.
According to Facebook, its Messenger mobile app is now one of only a limited number of apps that truly touch a vast majority of users’ lives all around the world. To celebrate this outstanding feat, Facebook has created a short video and is urging users everywhere to send balloon emoticons in their messages.
Facebook’s Messenger may have started as a chat messaging platform, but it has since evolved into a full communications tool for mobile users across the globe. Last month for instance, Facebook announced that it was further tweaking Messenger so that the user will see his favorite chat contacts first, or those who interact most with the user, and even birthday reminders of the day, as opposed to seeing the most recent messages (the previous default setting).
Also during the previous month, Facebook took the opportunity to debut its own set of emoji for the Messenger mobile app. And then earlier in July of this year, the social media giant revealed that it was currently exploring the idea of adopting end to end encryption for messages that also come with a functionality that allows them to self destruct after a specific period of time (cue the Mission: Impossible theme).
It was not always smooth sailing for Facebook’s chat messaging app. Some may remember that a large number of users actually expressed their outrage when the company first announced that it was making Messenger a separate app from the main Facebook app. Things are always clearest in hindsight, and Facebook’s decision to make Messenger a stand alone app granted the company all the freedom to incorporate loads of new cool features to Messenger. Users eventually came to accept that maybe a separate Messenger app was not such a bad idea after all. Messenger separated from Facebook in April 2014, and by November of the same year, the app had already accumulated 500 million users. By June of last year, Messenger had breached the 700 millionth mark, and more than a year later, a billion monthly users.
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