Here's What Facebook Gets for $19 Billion

from
,

Mobile messaging startup WhatsApp continues to stand strong in the face of competition from some of the largest players in the communications industry. The company’s co-founder and CEO Jan Koum announced at a conference this week that WhatsApp now boasts 430 million active users, up from 200 million in April 2013. This achievement is all the more impressive considering the big names WhatsApp is competing with: Facebook, Skype and Apple, just to name a few.

Maybe it's part of WhatsApp's success that it doesn't have a big player behind it, but it might as well be the app's simple (some say ugly) design and its cross-platform functionality that makes it so appealing to its audience. Especially younger smartphone users have quickly adopted the service as a cheap alternative to texting.

Whatsapp currently handles an impressive 50 billion messages per day. The service also sees hundreds of millions of photo uploads every day, putting it far beyond the number of dedicated photo sharing services such as Instagram (55m photos per day).

Update: On February 19, Facebook announced that it had agreed to acquire WhatsApp for a total of $19 billion in chas and stock.



Infographic: Here's What Facebook Gets for $19 Billion | Statista
Related Infographics
  • Social Networks
    Social Media Silences NSA Debate

    This chart shows the willingness to join conversations about government surveillance.

  • Mobile Communications
    WhatsApp Has 600m Users Now

    This chart shows the number of monthly active WhatsApp users worldwide.

  • Mobile App Usage
    The Top 10 Apps in the States

    This chart shows the top 10 mobile apps by unique visitors.

  • Health
    Everybody's Talking About Ice Bucketing

    This chart gives an overview of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by the numbers

  • Women
    Women Vastly Underrepresented In Silicon Valley Tech Jobs

    This chart shows the percentage of female employees in the workforce of selected American tech companies.

More info on this topic
You may also be interested in...
Show more
Infographic Newsletter

Statista offers daily infographics about trending topics covering Media and Society.

Download & Reference

More statistics about...
Show more
FAQ
Who may use the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day", made available under the Creative Commons License CC BY-ND 3.0, may be used and displayed without charge by all commercial and non-commercial websites. Use is, however, only permitted with proper attribution to Statista.

Which topics are covered by the "Chart of the Day"?
The Statista "Chart of the Day" currently focuses on two sectors: "Media and Technology", updated daily and featuring the latest statistics from the media, internet, telecommunications and consumer electronics industries; and "Economy and Society", , which inlcudes current data from the United States and around the world relating to economic and political issues as well as sports and entertainment.

Can Statista create customized charts?
Absolutely! For information on tailor-made and sector-specific Charts of the Day, please contact Felix Richter
(felix.richter@statista.com).