Are you using Facebook Messenger? Over 1 billlion people do every month

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Today, Facebook’s messaging platform reached a very impressive milestone.

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The social network announced that Facebook Messenger is now being used by 1 billion people worldwide every month.

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Here’s a ‘thank you’ note from the team behind the service:

“We’re grateful for all the people who are sending billions of messages every day and we hope to send 1 billion thank yous in the form of a new floating balloon gift that everyone can use to celebrate. Just a send a balloon emoji to your friends to add a touch of wimsy and delight to any conversation.”

What are people doing with Facebook Messenger? Everything from sending messages and payments to playing games and chatting with bots.

Facebook says its Messenger team is committed to improving experiences and making communication easier for everyone.

WhatsApp, another Facebook-owned messaging platform, reached this milestone in February.

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Source: Facebook


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Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.


  • Richard Dennis

    Mostly because they have forced it into your life.

    • Justin_Herrick

      How so? This is the number of people using Facebook Messenger every month. It’s not the number of people who have signed up or downloaded the apps.

      • Richard Dennis

        Mostly because they have removed all messaging from the app itself and forced people to download a bloated software. Almost eclipsing the original Facebook app. Its nonsense if you ask me. i would add that more and more facebook finds away to collect your data in integrate it into your life.

        • Justin_Herrick

          I’m not sure what you’re trying to say in that they “forced it” into users’ lives. It’s a messaging platform and a massive number of people are using it. Those people are being forced to use it. They could always just jump ship and get onto another service.

          Yes, Facebook is funneling its users to Facebook Messenger. But what do you expect them to do? Why wouldn’t they try to get its users to move to Facebook Messenger?

          • Richard Dennis

            Why not make a separate app for every function of Facebook? Not being a smart ass here, its seriously headed that way, one app lets you see your news feed, but you have to download another app to reply to news feed posts? I guess the point is maybe the reason there are so many people using messager is, you can’t use it in the fb app, they used some shady tactics with the release with text messaging included. I and others thought using the app requires you to also use it for texting, in fact i think it was a story reported on TalkAndroid. I would think FB would better serve it’s customers thru simplification, seems my view of FB customers and FB’s view of “customers” are completely different people all together.

          • Remodel Guy

            Um, it’s not funneling…it’s forcing. The only way to view a FB message via a mobile device is to use Messenger. For years, I used to pull up FB on a mobile browser and check messages that way. They (FB) have removed that option. When you have no other option to view a message while on a mobile device, that’s being FORCED to use Messenger.

            • Justin_Herrick

              “FB message” … So it’s a bad thing for you to have to use Facebook Messenger? They want messages traded through their messaging platform. It’s like Google wanting instant messaging done through Hangouts.

              What’s wrong with that? They’re creating an ecosystem of products and services. That’s life.

            • Richard Dennis

              I think the difference for Google is Hangouts in some form has been out since before Google+ IMHO it was one of the first places Social Media started (Google Talk). They had the messaging app well before the FB type app(personally i think they came late to the game with Google+, it’s not built as well, and they have a very small percentage of posts compared to what FB does every day) I personally use “FB Message”(yea thanks for pointing out my mistake) every day, i also use FB every day.. Is it wrong that i FB is segmenting itself.. I believe it is. It’s completely unnecessary. You seem to be heavily defending FB, and i am not sure why. Do you have some skin in that game? I am not attacking the article or how it was written, or even the author. I am simply saying, is it a possibility that FB messanger has 1 billion people using it per month because its “forced” itself into people’s lives? Is FB’s popularity so profound for the same reason? Can’t even read a news article these days without seeing that “f’ing” [F] everywhere. Is it wrong for FB to be successful? Absolutely not. Just don’t know why it continues to break off into pieces. Kinda reminds me of Netflix and Qwikster, no reason to break it up. Unlike Netflix, FB has continued to be successful even in the face of the negative opinions of its users. As a user i am stating i don’t like the direction of its ecosystem.

            • Remodel Guy

              Nothing wrong with FB creating a messaging ecosystem. The problem I have with it is that they originally gave me multiple ways to use that system. Now, they’ve forced a SINGLE method to use that system when moblie. It should be my choice on how I can access that system. It should be my choice if I want to use all the features of it or not. When you don’t give me a choice, you’re forcing me to do something. That’s the point.

              And, yes, I do have an issue HAVING to use Messenger. I don’t use any features within it and therefore, would prefer to not have to install a separate app just to view and reply to basically an SMS within FB.

              Lastly, even though you might think Google wants sent/received via Hangouts, they ALSO give me the options of using their Messenger app OR using any SMS app I want to. Choices…..