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Facebook Messenger Celebrates Reaching 1 Billion Monthly Active Users

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Yesterday on Facebook, the company's dedicated messaging app, Facebook Messenger, posted news regarding its recent milestone of surpassing 1 billion monthly active users. As The Next Web pointed out, that's a growth of 200 million users since January, and roughly suggests that 1 out of every 7 members of the population are logging onto Facebook Messenger each month to text with friends and family.


In the message thanking users, the Facebook Messenger team mentioned that the company will be celebrating by debuting the launch of new animated balloons into the chat app. Anyone can try it out by sending someone a traditional balloon emoji within Facebook Messenger to activate the new animation.
On behalf of the entire Messenger team, we'd like to thank the more than 1 billion people who are now using Messenger every month. 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. We know that every message is important to you - no matter what you want to say - and we're grateful that you choose to communicate using Messenger.
To put its growing popularity into perspective, Facebook also released some stats related to its messaging service. According to the company, 22 million GIFs are sent every day (approximately 254 per second), and popular holidays saw a noticable uptick in user messaging, with 300 million flowers sent on Mother's Day and 360 valentine-related chats sent on February 14. Among a growing, robust list of sticker packs, the app's most popular remains related to the Angry Birds franchise.


A few of Facebook Messenger's well-received features -- like sticker packs, money payments, and easily-shareable GIFs -- will be making their debut in the new iOS 10 Messages app this fall. With the new SDK debuting in the software update, developers will be allowed to create app extensions that allow users to interact with third-party apps directly within Messages. Apple itself has also announced a few new features coming to its chat app, like new bubble effects, handwritten messages, and fullscreen animated backgrounds, similar to Facebook's balloon easter egg commemorating 1 billion users.

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Keane16

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Does what I need it for, and I don't need to have the battery hog main Facebook app installed to use it.
 
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MacBH928

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I so wish this company would die. Why would any one use this services that makes money by exposing your life to other businesses. There are many apps you can use in replacement for this messenger.

The only app/service they got with no replacement is instagram
 
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vooke

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The only aspect of Facebook I keep after my 7 months tour of FB one year ago
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Now let's calculate how many fake or inactive users there are. How many users now?
Wonder if your skepticism would stay intact if Apple owned FB:rolleyes:
 
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ArtOfWarfare

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I so wish this company would die. Why would any one use this services that makes money by exposing your life to other businesses. There are many apps you can use in replacement for this messenger.

The only app/service they got with no replacement is instagram
If you don't like it, don't use it. There's no reason for you to have ill wishes for the company.

I feel like Facebook is lying. There's around 3.4B people with an internet connection. Imagining that 1 in 3.4 have a Facebook account is easy - I hardly know anybody with an internet connection that doesn't have a Facebook account. Imagining that 1 in 3.4 have used the messenger in the last month is much harder. I don't know anybody who uses it... everyone uses SMS, iMessage, Skype, or WhatsApp to communicate.

... and I am just plain wrong. I use Facebook Messenger without even really noticing. I sent a Facebook message 10 days ago. I've sent/received 22 messages in the last month.
 
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keysofanxiety

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Wonder if your skepticism would stay intact if Apple owned FB:rolleyes:

??!! If Apple owned FB and there were seas of spammers and fake/hacked accounts everywhere you browse, you're darn right I'd still be skeptical.
 
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v0lume4

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One BILLION active users? Holy smokes. That's a ridiculous number.

I don't use Messenger as my primary messaging app, but it's super useful for contacting friends whose cell numbers I don't have. Not to mention international friends. I wonder how many of that one million, if any, solely use Messenger.
 
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SoUncreativeWV

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users were given the choice of being transitioned to the app store when trying to read or send a message or giving in and downloading the stupid app. the worst part: there is no way to silence it permanently, best I can find is taking the steps every single day to stop notifications for a 24-hour period.
 
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slapppy

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I wonder if 90 precent of these users are narcissist, duck face selfies, entitled users, desperate over the hill groups of people? lol
 
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C DM

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I wonder if 90 precent of these users are narcissist, duck face selfies, entitled users, desperate over the hill groups of people? lol
Kind of like more than 90 percent of statements like that being oversimplified generalizations?
 
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Fzang

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I wonder if 90 precent of these users are narcissist, duck face selfies, entitled users, desperate over the hill groups of people? lol

I wonder what kinds of sweeping generalizations you'd find perfectly into, based on your ignorant statement alone.
 
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fortheus

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Anyone use the video call with this?

Either it's very bad or my iPhone is defect. It goes from 30% to 5% in 5 minutes!
 
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