just refuses to work with pedestrian numbers
. Take for example its sale price to Facebook
, which is snatching up the instant messaging service for $19 billion
. That's a pretty big number, though not as high as the new record the service set in daily messages sent and received, which totaled 64 billion messages combined.
"New daily record: 20 billion messages (inbound) and 44 billion messages received (outbound) by our users equals 64 billion messages handled in just 24 hours," WhatsApp announced in a Twitter post.
To be clear, WhatsApp had to play with the numbers a bit to come to that figure. WhatsApp counts single messages sent to a group as separate received messages, which is why the number of sent and received messages differ from each other. Still, these are some impressive stats and it shows why Facebook is willing to spend a planet's ransom on the instant messaging service.
At last count, WhatsApp earlier this year said it surpassed 465 million monthly active users. The instant messaging service is also planning to add voice calling capabilities later this quarter, which could open up a whole new revenue stream for Facebook, depending on how it's rolled out.