FB Messenger hits one Billion Users
With more than one billion users, social media giant Facebook’s Messenger has made it to the top three standalone apps in just two years after it split from Facebook’s main app. This is Facebook’s third app that counts more than one billion users underlining its global dominance in the mobile app arena.
Facebook has 1.5 monthly active users followed by Messenger and WhatsApp, which the messaging service bought in 2014. Meanwhile photo-sharing service Instagram, also owned by Facebook is quickly gaining market share reporting over 500 million users.
The closest rivals in app charts are Google Maps and YouTube, both owned by Alphabet Inc’s Google.
Facebook made Messenger a standalone app in 2014, forcing people to download a separate app rather than allowing them to continue using the private message feature on the main Facebook app. The move initially irked many users, but the app has quickly grown in popularity as the company has added myriad features to the app, such as games.
Facebook has aggressively moved to make Messenger an integral part of its business, by building chatbots– computer programs designed to simulate an intelligent conversation – inside the app, allowing business customers to message users directly.
It has also launched a digital assistant, M, to some users in the San Francisco Bay Area that can help with tasks such as sending flowers and making restaurant reservations.
Facebook said more than one billion messages are sent between people and businesses each month on Messenger, a number that has more than doubled over the past year, and that 18,000 chatbots have launched on Messenger.