Menu
Half a billion people now use Messenger, after Facebook forced them into it

Half a billion people now use Messenger, after Facebook forced them into it

Several months after requiring the app, some users still lament the change

Facebook's Messenger app across devices, as pictured on July 28, 2014.

Facebook's Messenger app across devices, as pictured on July 28, 2014.

Facebook's Messenger is now one of the most used mobile messaging apps in the world, with more than 500 million people logging in monthly, the company said Monday.

"This is an exciting milestone," said Peter Martinazzi, Facebook's director of product management, announcing the stat. Facebook's main app has around 1.35 billion users; Facebook-owned WhatsApp has at least 600 million users. WeChat, owned by China's Tencent, has at around 438 million users, as of this past August.

Facebook reached its milestone, however, as it angered users along the way. The company began requiring people to download Messenger for mobile chat several months ago, drawing criticism from those who didn't want to download a separate app for messages. Before that, Messenger had roughly 200 million monthly users, the company previously reported in April.

Some people still seem annoyed, or confused, about why Facebook made the change. Clarity on why Facebook forced users to download the app was one of the most popular online questions submitted in the lead up to Facebook's first public town hall meeting last week.

Facebook thought it could provide a better, faster messaging product by separating it, was CEO Mark Zuckerberg's explanation.

Not everyone sees the logic in that. "Separated app just for messages? Are you serious?" wrote one Facebook user in an online discussion thread this past weekend, who said that switching between two apps all the time to send messages and see people's profiles was not "comfortable."

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Internet-based applications and servicessocial networkingmobilesocial mediainternetFacebook

Featured

Slideshows

A snapshot of the Kiwi partners set to shine at the Reseller News Awards

A snapshot of the Kiwi partners set to shine at the Reseller News Awards

With the 2017 Reseller News ICT Industry Awards only weeks away, Reseller News profiles the power line-up of partners set to dominate the biggest night on the channel calendar. ​Ranging from the enterprise, down through the mid-market and small business sectors into the heart of the start-up scene, the end result is the most diverse and wide-ranging partner line-up in the history of the Awards, playing host to the leading innovators of the past 12 months.​

A snapshot of the Kiwi partners set to shine at the Reseller News Awards
Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ

HP marked 50 years in New Zealand at an event in the vendor's Auckland's headquarters last night, with a host of key channel figures coming along to celebrate. Photos by HP.

Channel celebrates as HP marks 50 years in NZ
Show Comments