WhatsApp has been around for 10 years now, during which the app became one of the most popular chat apps in the world. With the 10th anniversary, the company published two materials on the official WhatsApp blog.
One is a video that celebrates the users of the platform, presenting the way the WhatsApp service helps people from all over the world, while the second material is a infochart in which we can see how WhatsApp has evolved since it was first released.
WhatsApp was released for iOS and Android on February 24, 2009. The app came with basic functionality providing only text messages. The feature that allowed users to share photos and videos was implemented only in December. In 2010, WhatsApp received a new feature that allowed users to share their location, while in 2011 WhatsApp introduced group chats. Also in 2011, WhatApp passed the 1 billion messages a day milestone.
In 2013 WhatsApp introduced voice messages and in 2014 the app has passed the 500 million users milestone. That same year WhatsApp was bought by Facebook and received reading notifications. The web version of the WhatsApp app was released in 2015 and in 2016 WhatsApp introduced features such as both end message encryption and video calls. Also in 2016, WhatsApp passed the 1 billion active users each month milestone and released a Desktop application.
In 2017 WhatsApp introduced the “status” feature and the app was being used by 1 billion users daily, with the 1.5 million users daily milestone being reached in 2018. WhatsApp Business was released in 2018, which brings the feature that allows you to do group calls.
While WhatsApp continues to grow and enrich its functionality with new features, Facebook is not exactly doing great lately. The founders of WhatsApp left the company because of the strict control demanded by Mark Zuckerberg. When Facebook bought WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg promised to not change the company, but many things have changed after the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Now Mark Zuckerberg is planning to create a unified chat service to work from any of the three applications – WhatsApp, Instagram or Facebook Messenger. The European Union warned Facebook that this might have serious long term effects, reminding Facebook of the personal data that was stolen or misused in the last few years.