Messaging app Telegram now has 50 million monthly active users, and claims to be adding 1 million new signups every week.
“We spent USD 0 on advertising Telegram and trusted you – our users – to spread the word. The results are amazing and are entirely your achievement,” Telegram wrote in a Blog Post.
The app was created by a team headed by Pavel Durov (who created VK.com) and is directly competing with Whatsapp which has 600 million users globally.
In March this year, Telegram had 35 million monthly active users. The company saw a large number of downloads when Whatsapp went down twice this year, and it was during this time that the Telegram app got recognition globally. It saw 8 million downloads in a few days of Whatsapp’s acquisition by Facebook. Although the numbers are still small as compared to Whatsapp, its still worth noting that the app is still growing in a competitive market with older messaging apps like Whatsapp, KakaoTalk, WeChat and so on.