Facebook Messenger hits 500 million active users

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Some months back I reported the news of Facebook splitting the messenger from the main app. Now, despite the negative comments from users. The app which hit 500 million downloads a few months back now has 500 million active users, thanks to the mandatory download.

However, Facebook still feels there’s work to be done as the main site has more than a billion active users, which translates to approximately half the users currently using the messenger.

Facebook’s Director of Product Management, Peter Martinazzi had this to say:

“This is an exciting milestone but with a half billion people relying on Messenger to communicate and connect, it is also a reminder that there is so much left for us to do.”

In recent times, Facebook has kept on finding strategies to stay alive, and to a large extent some of the strategies seem to be working. I just recently started using the messenger app and it isn’t bad at all as you can also use it to make calls.


Editors Note:

I’m among the stubborn ones that have refused to install the messenger app. I deem it unnecessary to invest needed phone memory, and install two heavy bloated apps just for Facebook. On Android, the two apps combined is nearly 100MB in size. Luckily the very old apk file of Facebook is available, and still has all the features (including making calls), combined and working perfectly, so what the heck!!






  1. On two occasions I’ve installed the facebook messenger and twice I’ve uninstalled it from my phone. I discovered that each time I install the app my phone starts misbehaving. They should work on the app and reduce the app’s demand on precious phone memory.

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