WhatsApp, the most used instant messaging platform all over the world. Back in 2014 when messaging platform that cost Facebook $19 billion dollars when it was acquired. And while you (probably) use it every day, there might still be some things that you don’t know about its operations or what you can do inside the app. Here are ten things you likely don’t know about WhatsApp:
10. 1 billion downloads with 5 people
The messaging service hit the 1 billion downloads mark on Android back in March last year, and WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum posted in response that the team working on the Android version was just five people in total.
WhatsApp crossed 1B Android downloads. btw our android team is four people + Brian. very small team, very big impact. pic.twitter.com/sW4F9SlKKv
— jan koum (@jankoum) March 11, 2015
9. The company’s co-founders were rejected by Facebook and Twitter
Both Jan Koum and Brian Acton – who earlier worked together at Yahoo – were rejected by Facebook and Twitter in interviews, before they went full-time with WhatsApp. Imagine how different the world would be if even one of those interviews had gone better.
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life’s next adventure.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) August 3, 2009
Got denied by Twitter HQ. That’s ok. Would have been a long commute.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) May 23, 2009
8. You can use WhatsApp to compress images and videos
Sure you could use a dedicated photo editing app to do that, but this works great for a quick fix if you don’t mind the drop in quality. Send the set of pictures and video files to one of your friends (or yourself) via WhatsApp, and then head over to the WhatsApp Media folder on Android or your Camera Roll on iOS to find the compressed versions. You can delete the originals to save space, or share the compressed images or videos through some other if you prefer.