Facebook Messenger Tops 1 Billion Monthly Active Users

Facebook Messenger surpassed a significant milestone, topping 1 billion monthly active users Wednesday.

Facebook Messenger surpassed a significant milestone, topping 1 billion monthly active users Wednesday.

The stand-alone messaging application continues its robust growth pace, having reached 900 million MAUs in April, 800 million in January, 700 million in June 2015 and 500 million in November 2014.

The social network announced the milestone in a Newsroom post:

People use Messenger to connect with the people and businesses they care most about. They make plans, share dreams, send payments, tell jokes, play games, let their loved ones know they’re thinking of them and much, much more. Today we are announcing that more than 1 billion people now use Facebook Messenger every month, making Messenger one of only a handful of apps worldwide that touch so many lives.

We’re grateful for all the people who are sending billions of messages every day, and we hope to send 1 billion thank yous in the form of a new floating balloon gift that everyone can use to celebrate. Just send a balloon emoji to your friends to add a touch of whimsy and delight to any conversation.

We know that every message is important to you—no matter what you want to say—and our team is committed to building experiences you love and to making all the interactions in your life easier no matter who you are communicating with.

Thank you for using Messenger and being part of our 1 billion-strong community.

Chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg also acknowledged the milestone, sharing the photo below with vice president of messaging products David Marcus and posting:

Today we’re celebrating the more than 1 billion people who use Messenger each month.

We know that every message is important because it helps us stay in touch with the people we care about most–whether they’re down the street or across the globe.

Thank you David Marcus and the Messenger team for working so hard to help us share with each other.—with David Marcus at Facebook HQ.

Readers: What are your thoughts on the news that Facebook Messenger now has more than 1 billion monthly active users?

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