WeChat, the most popular messaging app owned by Chinese technology giant Tencent, has witnessed a record 823 million users sending and receiving red packages -- the monetary gifts commonly known as "hongbao" -- through the messaging app during the first six days of Lunar New Year starting from February 4, up seven percent from 768 million users seen from last year. The record number accounts for more than 80 percent of WeChat's active accounts -- accounts used on on a daily basis -- and follows the announcement last month by WeChat that it has over 1 billion active users. The record number also indicates that the sending out of hongbaos -- a commonly seen traditional across the 1.4 billion population in China -- has migrated heavily to mobile apps, with nearly 60 percent of the Chinese population adopting the approach to celebrating the New Year and connecting with family and friends. Tencent data also revealed that people born after 1990 were the most active … [Read more...] about Over 800 million WeChat users sent digital monetary gifts during Lunar New Year
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To kick off its 2011 f8 developer conference today, Facebook let Saturday Night Live's Andy Sandberg impersonate Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Sandberg said a lot of things in his fake keynote, but almost all of them were simply to poke fun at Zuckerberg, Facebook, and to introduce amusingly ludicrous features. I say almost all of them, because one was in fact true: Facebook now has 800 million active users. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed with me that the social network did indeed reach this milestone. This number could be of course much bigger (and Google actually claims it is) but 800 million is what's official, straight from the horse's mouth. When Zuckerberg came on stage, he didn't confirm what Sandberg had revealed. Instead, he noted that the social network had recently seen 500 million users log onto Facebook in 24 hours. That was a shocking number, although Facebook has already said before that more than 50 percent of the website's active users log on to … [Read more...] about Facebook confirms it now has 800 million users
WhatsApp is one of the world's most popular messaging platforms, and it's showing no signs of slowing. In a Facebook post Friday, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced that the Facebook-owned service now has 800 million active users every month. That's a lot of chatter. WhatsApp Messenger lets you send text messages to other users of the app for free. The app sends messages over the Internet, bypassing a phone carrier's text messaging charges. The app is available on just about every mobile platform, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices. WhatsApp has also rolled out a voice calling feature, firing a shot across the bow of services like Skype and Viber. The service was acquired by Facebook for a staggering $19 billion in a deal that closed back in October, and it's seen consistent growth over the last few months: this 800 million user milestone is up from 700 million in January and 600 million last August. These numbers make WhatsApp one of the largest social … [Read more...] about WhatsApp touts 800M monthly active users
Apple Music has already grabbed 11 million trial users a little more than a month after its debut.Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, revealed the 11 million figure in an interview with USA Today published Thursday, adding that "we're thrilled with the numbers so far."Released on June 30 with the iOS 8.4 update to Apple's software for mobile devices, Apple Music is the company's response and rival to other music-streaming services, such as Spotify, Pandora and Rdio. Apple Music offers streaming music with playlists curated by "music experts," a 24/7 radio station called Beats 1 and a social feature called Connect that puts together musicians and their fans. Available as a free trial for the first three months, the service costs $9.99 per month for an individual plan and $14.99 for a shared family plan for up to six people. Cue didn't shed any numbers on the individual plans but said that 2 million people have already subscribed to the more … [Read more...] about Apple Music snags 11 million trial users, but how many will pay to stay?
Yahoo now has 800 million monthly active users, up 20 percent since Marissa Mayer took the helm of the struggling tech giant in July 2012. Mayer announced the milestone on Wednesday at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, noting that 350 million of its monthly active users are on mobile. If you think the rise is related to Yahoo's recent acquisition of Tumblr, think again. Mayer added that the figures do not include Tumblr, according to TechCrunch. Instead, most of the growth comes from the company's core products like search and Mail, she said. On mobile, Yahoo Mail is one of the company's most popular properties, along with news and finance. Internally, Mayer has placed a greater focus on the company's mobile products, increasing the size of the mobile team by a factor of 10 since she took over. It seems her efforts are paying off. For the first time in more than two years, Yahoo this summer topped Google as the No. 1 Web property in the U.S., according to recent data … [Read more...] about Yahoo Hits 800 Million Active Users, Up 20 Percent