Los Angeles, Nov 11: Facebook announced that the Messanger app is now being used by nearly 500 million people every month. In last six months the app has reportedly doubled the size of its base and hit the milestone of 500 million active users.
According to a website, Facebook’s decision to spin off messages into a separate app was unpopular one but later it became a success. The social networking site in April announced that Messenger had 200 million monthly users that means more than 300 million users have increased in past seven months.
Cutting off access to in-app chat, Facebook forced its users to install Messenger app in order to receive, send and read messages, which caused the sudden spike, reported a website.
Talking about the app, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the percentage of people who used Facebook online (85 percent) was less than those who used SMS (99 percent) in a lot of countries.
He added that it was “a short-term, painful thing to ask folks to use a separate messaging app” but the company had to build a dedicated and focused experience in order to serve the majority of people using the text message service.
Facebook Messenger has been receiving constant updates every two weeks and the company says it will continue doing it.
Recently in a freewheeling chat with a website, Zuckerberg said that some parts of ‘The Social Network’, a film inspired by his life and works, were hurtful.
Addressing a news conference, Zuckerberg said that makers of David Fincher’s The Social Network took liberty with the story.
“The reality is that writing code and building a product and then building a company actually is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. If they were really making a movie (of my life), it would have been of me sitting at a computer, coding for two hours straight, which probably would have not been that good of a movie,” he said.
The Social Network was released in 2010 and earned over $220 million at the box office, worldwide. It also went on to earn three Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Orignal Score and Best Film Editing.
(With Agency Inputs)