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21 Unique and Interesting Facts about WhatsApp

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WhatsApp or commonly abbreviated as WA is a cross-platform messaging service, currently WA was developed by WhatsApp Inc. which is under the auspices of the company Facebook, Inc. On WA, you can send text messages or voice messages to each other, make video calls, share locations, send documents, pictures and other media. To be able to use WA, we must register with our cellular cellphone number.

WhatsApp was first released in January 2009 and was created by Brian Acton and Jan Koum. Then the company WhatsApp Inc. purchased by Facebook, Inc. in February 2014 for $19.3 billion. WA is now one of the most popular messenger applications in various parts of the world.

In January 2018 WA released the WhatsApp Business application specifically for small business owners to easily interact with customers using the standard WA application.

That was a glimpse of the WA application, which actually doesn't need to be explained further. You must already know what WA is and how it is used and functions, except for the maker, maybe some of you still don't know. Apart from the maker, you certainly don't know some of the unique and interesting facts behind this application that we often use to communicate with each other with friends, family, girlfriends, crushes, or exes. Lol

Unique and interesting facts about the WhatsApp application

1. WA has more than 1.5 billion users worldwide as of February 2018.

2. In April 2014, WA got 500 million monthly active users and 700 million photos and 100 million videos shared every day. There are 10 billion text messages sent on WA every day.

3. In August 2014, Koum via his Twitter account announced that WA had 600 million active users worldwide.

4. In May 2017, the total time spent by all WA users while making video calls reached 340 million minutes every day.

5. In January 2020, WA reached 5 billion installs on the Google Play Store. WA is the second application that is not a Google product to reach this figure. WA is also the 3rd most downloaded Android application in the world if we ignore the default Android phone applications such as Chrome, Gmail, Google Play or Google Maps.

6. When this app reached 1 billion installs on the Google Play Store, the number of developers for its Android version was only 5 people. For now Chris Daniels is the CEO of WhatsApp Inc. and the number of employees is only 50 people.

7. Acton and Koum were rejected as employees by Facebook, Inc. even reportedly also by Twitter. However, they did not give up and now they are included in the ranks of the richest people in America.

8. Acton and Koum used to work at Yahoo Inc. before creating WA. In addition, Acton has also worked at Apple Inc.

9. WA supports bold, italic, and strikethrough writing features. Even though it's only a messaging application, WA provides features that are usually available in applications for creating documents. It looks like you rarely use this feature, anyway, what's the point of using this feature if it's only to send messages to each other. But, if you want to use it, here's how;
Bold = _text_
Italic = *text*
Strikethrough = ~text~

10. WA is the safest messaging application for sending confidential files because WA already supports 256 bit end-to-end encryption.

11. The average user checks WA more than 23 times per day.

12. Brazil tops the list of WA users, with 19.91% of the total number of users coming from this country. India is in second place with 7.61%, while Turkey is home to 5.62% of users of this green-identical application.

13. Acton and Koum have never advertised WA, they prefer to spend funds to continue developing WA to make it more comfortable for their users rather than advertising. "No Ads! No Games! No Gimmick!", that was a note that Acton made for Koum not to advertise WA.

14. Before Facebook, Inc. Google LLC once bid on WhatsApp Inc. for $10 billion but was rejected.

15. WA allows its users to delete messages sent accidentally within 7 minutes.

16. WhatsApp, Inc. once lost $ 230 million in 2014. This is the impact of not placing ads in the WA application.

17. WA is the most banned application in the world. WA is banned in 12 countries, in comparison Facebook is banned in 7 countries, Twitter in 7 countries, and YouTube in 6 countries. China, Bangladesh, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the UAE are some of the countries that have banned the WA application.

18. The oldest mobile phone that is connected to the internet and can run the WA application is the Nokia N95.

19. As proven by Facebook, WhatsApp is worth more than NASA's entire $17 billion annual budget.

20. In February 2015, WhatsApp took 6th place in the list of global brands that have the highest ranking in terms of consumer engagement.

21. 1 billion groups created on WA. (2020)

Those were the unique and interesting facts about WhatsApp. Which ones don't you know yet?

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