Social networking and instant messaging are reaching new landmarks every day. And Facebook appears to be having a particularly gala time. Its been a short while since Instagram announced reaching 500 million users and now, WhatsApp, another Facebook property, also has a new landmark to report.
Yup. Apparently, WhatsApp, which achieved the milestone of a billion users a while ago, now hosts over 100 million voice calls per day on its platform. It confirmed the fact through a minimalistic blog post where it said that
For more than a year, people have used WhatsApp Calling to talk with friends and family around the world. It’s a great way to stay in touch, especially when connecting with people in other countries, or when messages alone won’t do. Today, more than 100 million voice calls are made everyday on WhatsApp.
In case you need some perspective to go with the data, the number equates upto almost 11,00 call every second.
Its really staggering that the company has managed to achieve such an important milestone so early on. After all, the voice calling feature was released only last year and in the short duration between then and now, the company has managed to add over 200 million new users and reached the point of hosting 100 millions calls per day.
Meanwhile, we cant really compare WhatsApp’s performance with that of its competitors due to the fact that for some inexplicable reason, each of them have a tendency of using different measurements. While WhatsApp goes with number of calls, Skype says that its users together have 3 billion minutes of calls per day.
So you see, its very hard to compare notes. However, one thing is for certain, a growth of this magnitude in such a short duration is definitely a good sign for the instant messaging service.
Meanwhile, along with the rumoured video calling service, the company is also commited to making its voice call better in the upcoming future.
We’re committed to making it even better in the months to come.
Well, we wont be surprised if we see a repetition of what happened to the SMS, with VOIP calling displacing normal calls in the future. In fact, the only major difficulties standing in the way of mass adoption of VOIP — at least in the Indian context — has to do with uncertainty over government regulations and the not-so-great data quality in many regions.