According to my phone updates, more than 500 million people across the globe has have downloaded the Facebook Messenger app from the social networking giant, Facebook.
The update, meant to nudge me to update my Facebook messenger app, this morning, showed that there had been 500 million downloads and about 12 million ratings for the app.
Over six million users rated the app five stars, with about two million rates showed one star ratings.
In April this year, the company said the messenger app was downloaded by 200 million users. Given the new stat, the company has experience a remarkable growth in less than seven months.
Given the backlash the company face when it announced that it would be users would now be downloading the app to send private messages to friends, as against the main Facebook service, observers say the half a billion downloads may have indicated that the company was right the whole time.
It will be recalled that Facebook has been trying to get on the forefront of mobile messaging, thus, finalising a deal to buy popular messaging service WhatsApp, which had more than 600 million monthly users at the time of acquisition, last month for about $22 billion.