WhatsApp Tops 500M User Mark

By David Cohen 

WhatsApp650What has 500 million active users and was recently acquired by Facebook? If you guessed cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp, give yourself a pat on the back.

WhatsApp Co-Founder and CEO Jan Koum announced in a blog post:

Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are now regular, active WhatsApp users. In the last few months, we’ve grown fastest in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico, and Russia, and our users are also sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. We could go on, but for now, it’s more important that we get back to work — because here at WhatsApp, we’re just getting started.

Readers: Are you surprised at the rapid pace of WhatsApp’s growth?