Telegram currently has now over 500 million active users. In the last 72 hours alone, over 25 million individuals joined Telegram. 38% of the new customers came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from the Middle East and North America.
Telegram founder Durov said that, “We so far have privately financed the seven-year-old company, but at the same time we are looking for the ways to commercialise the instant messaging service as the startup grows. In order to make progress, a project of our size needs at least a few hundred million dollars a year”.
Telegram surpassed 500 million active users. 25 million new users joined in the last 72 hours: 38% came from Asia, 27% from Europe, 21% from Latin America and 8% from MENA. https://t.co/1LptHZb9PQ
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) January 12, 2021
Given the almost meteoric growth of Telegram’s user base, it nevertheless pales in comparison to WhatsApp, which is projected to account as much as 2 billion users worldwide. It’ll be fascinating to see exactly how much these recent regulatory updates will influence the user base of WhatsApp. Lets be realistic, a good chunk of users and companies will still continue to use Whatsapp, it will not make a big difference.