Its safe to say that WhatsApp is the most popular cross platform messaging service in the world. It has numbers to back up this statement. Just today the company announced that it has reached the significant milestone of having half a billion active users around the world. Collectively users are sharing 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day through WhatsApp. Some of its fastest growing markets over the last few months have been Brazil, India, Mexico and Russia.

WhatsApp was recently in the news a lot for a totally different reason. Facebook decided to acquire it for a whopping $19 billion. Some believed that Facebook grossly overpaid for WhatsApp, however CEO Mark Zuckerberg is of the view that the service is worth more than the $19 billion he proverbially paid. The deal has already received the green light from FTC, approval from international regulatory bodies is pending.

It has taken WhatsApp roughly a month and a half to add 50 million new active users. The last update on user stats it posted was in February when WhatsApp had 450 million active users. WhatsApp is very well on its way of reaching one billion users. It has witness rapid growth in the past year alone and its certainly not going anywhere anytime soon.

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