Everyone knows about WhatsApp and how it has revolutionized the use of smart phones in the field of communication. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest things that has happened in the world of technology when it comes to popularity and ease of use.
For those who don’t know what it is exactly – WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform messaging app for mobile and computer devices which allows users to connect over messages, exchange information and much more without having to pay.
Also Read: WhatsApp Plus for Android Devices
Apart from these there are many things worth knowing about WhatsApp
1. Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19 billion
After buying WhatsApp, Facebook issued a press release according to which the deal between these two networking giants was closed on $19 billion.
The break according to Forbes is like this – $12 billion in stock, $4 billion in cash, and $3 billion in restricted stocks which will be released to WhatsApp employees after 4 years.
According to this Facebook estimated the value of each WhatsApp user to be of around $42.
2. WhatsApp has serious Security Issues
According to Mcafee WhatsApp has serious Security issues. Although there are many Misconceptions about hacking WhatsApp but it is one of the most insecure IM services and can be hacked even by a layman using some WhatsApp hacking tricks and techniques and anyone’s message history can be decrypted easily.
3. WhatsApp has the most number of active users per engineer
WhatsApp has the most number of active users per engineer in the industry or the least number of engineers working in comparison to the number of people using this service, there were 27 billion messages being sent per day as of June, 2013.
Approximately 450 million users use WhatsApp every day, and there are only 55 employees in WhatsApp.
4. It was founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by two former employees of Yahoo! – Brian Acton and Jan Koum.
Both of them sat for job interviews in Facebook and Twitter and were rejected, after which Jan tweeted – “Facebook turned me down. It was great opportunity to work with some fantastic people, looking forward to life’s next adventure.”
Koum on his childhood: “It was so run-down that our school didn’t even have an inside bathroom. Imagine the Ukrainian winter, -20°C, where little kids have to stroll across the parking lot to use the bathroom. …I didn’t have a computer until I was 19–but I did have an abacus.”
When he was living on welfare, Jan Koum’s family collected food stamps a couple of blocks from the unmarked Mountain View office that now houses his messaging company, WhatsApp.
An émigré at 16 from Communist Ukraine — where phones were routinely tapped, and classmates questioned for mocking politicians — Koum and his mother could rarely afford to call family back home.
5. WhatsApp has spent Zero Cash on marketing
Yeas, you read it right, Whatsapp has not spent a single penny on marketing, PR and user acquisition.
Also, the Co-Founder of the messaging app – Jan Koum keeps a note on his desk written by Brianwhich says “No Ads! No Games! No Gimmicks!” To keep them solely focused on building a pure messaging experience.