WhatsApp is recognised as one of the most widely used social media messaging services on a global level. As a result, insane amount of media and texts are exchanged on the app regularly. But with the commencement of 2020, the messaging platform broke a new record. Officials from the app have revealed that over 100 billion text messages were exchanged over the platform on the occasion of New Year.
Out of those 100 billion users, 20 billion were Indians while the British contributed to over 900 million exchanges. Out of the 100 billion messages, 12 billion were only images. This record-breaking exchange happened over a period of 24 hours I.e. from 31st December to 1st January. The Facebook-owned messaging app came into existence about 10 years ago. Since it’s release, the highest number of message exchange within 24 hours happened for the first time.
The 20 billion exchanges which were done by the Indian users made up to 1/5th of the total contribution. WhatsApp also mentioned that the highest number of WhatsApp users are of Indian descent and the number of users keeps decreasing in a rapid manner. The number of messages that were exchanged is equivalent to the population of the earth if it were multiplied 13.3 times!
"As you know, people all around the world celebrated the turn of the decade with friends and family, but those of us who weren’t able to celebrate with loved ones in person turned to their phones to share New Year's wishes," a WhatsApp employee mentioned.
As per the multi-million dollar company, texts are the most used feature of the app, followed by story statuses, image exchange, calling and then voice notes in this particular order respectively.