With 57 Engineers team, WhatsApp hit a billion users mark

In a post on his Facebook page, WhatsApp CEO Jan Klum announced that it has reached the huge milestone of a billion users, making it the most dominant chatting application in the world.

Here's a chart that explains the dominance of WhatsApp:

Tiny Team, Big Milestone

The most intriguing part of the WhatsApp success story is their tiny team, just 57 engineers handles the entire application. At 450 million users, they was having 35 engineers, now with billion users their team have just 57 engineers.

WhatsApp users has doubled, and this tiny engineering staff continues to run things almost entirely on its own. In a world where so many internet services in rat race to expand their talent pool, WhatsApp shows the way forward.

Contrary to coding community standard, WhatsApp uses Erlang programming language for their app with FreeBSD operating system. This shows, building a huge infrastructure needs just a minimalist approach of solving just the problem, that needs to be solved.

The company also gives a good news for users through their blogpost that, they no longer has plans to introduce subscription fee for WhatsApp, "For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well."

WhatsApp is owned by Facebook, after Mark Zuckerberg and company acquired them for $19 billion little more than a year ago. That also means, Facebook is now runs three of the most popular apps on the internet.

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About Mohammed Rizwan

An Electronics Engineer by education, a part-time blogger by passion. He loves everything about technology, hence he writes about it. Interest includes Technology, Startups and Mobile Applications.
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