WhatsApp is Bigger Than Twitter says CEO, Jan Koum

Ever since it debuted in 2009, WhatsApp has become the only single most-used smartphone app and is one of the most popular apps across all platforms. WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum who was speaking at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media conference claims that the service handles more than 200 million users  and processes 12 billion outbound messages per day. Impressive!

The popular cross-platform mobile messaging service is even bigger than Twitter says Jan Koum. There had been some buzz around the Web about Google planning to acquire WhatsApp, however, the company shot down all rumors and said that no such talks had occurred. There were also rumors about Facebook planning to acquire WhatsApp.

Koum also said that the service processes 12 billion outbound messages and 8 billion inbound every day, which is nowhere in the range of comparison with any other independent messaging service. With less than 50 engineers working for the company, it is said that it holds the highest ratio of active users per long-term employee today of any active company.

WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum

“We’re looking forward to a world with billions of phones. Once that happens it’s going to be extremely easy to monetize. But a lot more people need to join the smartphone revolution and a lot more people need to buy more goods on their phones.”

During this New Year’s eve WhatsApp processed 7 billion inbound and 11 billion outbound messages on a single day. Back in August 2012, WhatsApp said that it has reached 4 billion inbound messages in a day.


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