Congratulations and kudos to the WhatsApp team for achieving this remarkable milestone. The first messaging app/platform which has not been started by one of the internet giants but was born as a true startup.

I am stressing this despite no other messaging service, no matter if startup or bred by an existing tech giant, ever having reached this mark. Facebook Messenger, so to say the sibling service under the roof of Facebook, is closely behind WhatsApp, but then it had all the help and pushing power of the core Facebook service. The most significant support was certainly the forced de-coupling of core Facebook and Messenger and the need to install the dedicated app to continue using chat and messaging in the Facebook mobile experience. Continue reading “Wow! WhatsApp has passed the 1 Billion Active User Threshold. Which Telco has 1 Billion users… anyone? (André Cramer)”