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WhatsApp claims more users than Twitter

Messaging service may monetise traffic in the future, hints CEO

The WhatsApp platform is said to process 8bn inbound and 12bn outbound messages per day.
The WhatsApp platform is said to process 8bn inbound and 12bn outbound messages per day.

Messaging app WhatsApp is now claimed to have more users than Twitter Inc's micro-blogging service , TechRadar reported.

According to WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, speaking at the Dive Into Mobile conference in New York, the smartphone app has exceeded Twitter's official 200m monthly-user milestone, processing 8bn inbound and 12bn outbound messages per day.

The messaging service, which uses a yearly subscription model of $0.99 in the US and GBP0.69 in the UK, allows the sending of free text and multimedia between subscribers. While Koum expressed pride in the fact that WhatsApp was an ad-free ecosystem, he hinted at a future change in the service.

"We're looking forward to a world with billions of phones and once that happens it's going to be extremely easy to monetise," he said.

Google Inc recently was reported to be pursuing a purchase of the California-based development company, but WhatsApp denied talks had taken place.