Facebook has announced an important milestone as its chat app hits 1.2 billion monthly active users. This is a significant achievement, considering the fact that the chat app added 200 million users; up from its 1 billion users eight months ago. What makes this most interesting is the fact that Messenger also increased engagement in terms of messages sent per active user.
“We now have over 1.2 billion people actively using Messenger every month. And I keep on hearing powerful stories about how our product is becoming a more important part of your daily lives. So from all of us here at Messenger, a heartfelt thank you to all of you for giving us a chance to build something good and more meaningful for you,” Facebook’s David Marcus wrote on Wednesday.
Messenger’s growth can be traced to various changes and additions made to the app by Facebook. In recent weeks, some popular features from Snapchat and other chat apps have been added to Messenger. Coupled with the app’s hugely impressive network base, it didn’t come as a surprise that things are on the high. Snapchat Stories is a good example of one feature copied by Messenger; the feature, according to Marcus, the feature got off to a great start.
“Usage with teens is much higher” than some might have expected, “which is cool” Marcus says, per TechCrunch. “We’ve built a product that teens use on Messenger!” Maybe not as popular as Instagram Stories, the fact that the feature is gradually gaining in popularity among users shows how much positive effect it has on the app.
Earlier in the week, Facebook announced the launch of group payments in Messenger. This feature works the same in group chats and private ones. However, the latest feature lets you pay either every person in the group or individual members.
“Starting today for Android and desktop, you can send or receive money between groups of people on Messenger. It’s free, simple, fast and secure. Whether you’re splitting a restaurant bill or chipping in for a group gift, all you need to do is go to a new or existing Messenger group conversation to get started,” Facebook announced earlier in the week.
Besides sending payments to a group, the group payment feature also allows you to request payments from the group within the chat. You can do it by entering the amount you wish each person to pay or the total amount to be divided into the group. You can also add a note or description of what the money is for. All you have to do is to hit the Request button to send the amount to the members of the group conversation.
How to use the group payment feature: simply click the plus sign found at the bottom part of the group conversation—you can also find other lesser-used features, like ride requests, location-sharing, etc. These features are stacked in a scrollable user interface introduced when the company launched M earlier this month.