Cross-platform messaging applications WhatsApp has announced it has hit a new record of processing 27 billion messages in 24 hours: 10 billion messages sent and 17 billion messages received.
new daily record: 10B+ msgs sent (inbound) and 17B+ msgs received (outbound) by our users = 27 Billion msgs handled in just 24 hours!
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) June 12, 2013
The reason for the disparities between sent and received messages is because of messages sent and received within group chats. Back in April, WhatsApp revealed it was sending 20 billion messages per day and CEO Jan Koum revealed onstage at D: Dive into Mobile the company has a larger user base than Twitter.
The company is growing so rapidly it has frequently been rumoured to be in talks to be acquired by Google and Facebook, but so far the company appears content to stay independent. WhatsApp is $0.99 in the App Store but will eventually move to a model where new users will pay an annual $1 subscription to use the service.
How often are you still using WhatsApp? It’s still the best way to communicate with friends not using iMessage or other smartphone platforms.