Late yesterday WhatsApp tweeted that the messaging service had hit a new daily record: users sent 20 billion messages and received 44 billion messages in just one day. That’s some pretty impressive volume for WhatsApp, which was recently acquired by Facebook back in February.
new daily record: 20B messages sent (inbound) and 44B messages received (outbound) by our users = 64B messages handled in just 24 hours.
— WhatsApp Inc. (@WhatsApp) April 2, 2014
Unfortunately, less than 24 hours after announcing this milestone, WhatsApp crashed for a few hours.
sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly.
— WhatsApp Status (@wa_status) February 22, 2014
Less than a year ago, WhatsApp was processing just 27 billion messages a day (The Next Web). Will the service continue to grow rapidly, and will it help keep Facebook relevant with a younger demographic?