It’s official folks. Our WhatsApp group has now surpassed the 3.5 million mark, making it one of the largest groups on the platform. While its members span across all age groups and demographics, certain age groups are more active on our chat than others, which is why we thought it was important to report this milestone to you publicly. This article will give you insight into some of our members’ favourite features about GBWhatsApp, as well as share other interesting facts about our group.
1. Why GBWhatsApp is so popular
WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by Jan Koum and Brian Acton. Koum was born in Ukraine and raised in Mountain View, CA, where he went to high school with Acton. Koum studied at San Jose State University and worked at Yahoo before founding WhatsApp. WhatsApp is the world’s most popular messaging app. As of April 2017, WhatsApp has 1.46 billion daily active users.
WhatsApp is owned by Facebook and based in Menlo Park, CA. In many ways, WhatsApp is very much similar to other social media days like Facebook and MySpace.
Just like Facebook, WhatsApp’s community features are designed to connect you with other Facebook users across the globe. There are many ways to communicate and interact with each other within Facebook’s Messenger app, including:
Unfortunately, despite these great features, the numbers aren’t great. According to Statista, 42% of incoming Facebook messages are less than or equal to 200 characters.
This means overall engagement with Messenger has actually dropped by 5%. Thus the majority (79.2%) of people who use WhatsApp send messages via Messenger.
Messenger is generally seen as an inferior option for most people and in this regard the decline of Messenger messenger is actually a good thing for WhatsApp. According to Statista, WhatsApp owns around two-thirds of the messaging market share in the United States, worth $12.5 billion.
That being said, there are still millions of people out there using Messenger. In fact, in 2018, Facebook reported that Messenger was downloaded 667 million times globally.
Yet Messenger is no replacement for a WhatsApp group. Messaging is still crucial, but with so many people who are moving away from Facebook in general, our focus is shifting towards the community features of our app.
WhatsApp has introduced chat bubbles where members can express their opinions, ask each other questions, and even express suicidal thoughts.
Members can also link carousels on their profile to allow others to vote on what their profile picture should be, among other utilizations of their group.
Recently, WhatsApp launched Story Mode.
2. Features of the group chat tool loved by GB WhatsApp members
GB WhatsApp members love the group chat features of WhatsApp, including group voice calls, group video calls, group photo sharing, group messaging, group notifications, group invite codes, group creation, group pinning, group admin tools, and the ability to block people.
You will also find members that love sharing other helpful articles on WhatsApp, and we love soaking up as much information about our community as we can. See below to see a collection of the phone numbers of prominent members and how many messages they have sent to other members’ phones. This information is really helpful for assisting in our understanding of the different roles that each person within the group performs: Some members manage the admin of the group and can access the admin’s list of contacts.
Type of Member: you can see,of the wide chat are a diverse bunch, as we break down into multiple age brackets. However, the majority of our wide chat is made up of two distinct age brackets: 18-24 year olds and 25+ year olds. Everyone interesting that we have talked to says that the 18-24 year olds are either the most active or the most commonly understood member. They seem to have the most fun and more self-promotional prospective with the post Infinite Community. Whilst the 25+ year olds tend to have more self-awareness. They like to have fun commenting on each other’s WhatsApp stories and games, and whilst they are able to participate more in the wide chat, they are still wary and cautious of overstepping the mark.
What they like:
Having fun with the group; They love selecting their own stories and chats and they are welcoming of everyone. Also, they love to play games together so they messaged each other when Strava found them testing out gear they had not bought. Their latest highlight is a game that they created called Scaptastic Swiftset.
3. Interesting facts about GB WhatsApp members
Over 30% of GB WhatsApp members are from the US. The other 30%+ are from the UAE, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.
Our average age is 26.75 with members spanning from 13 years old, all the way to 97 years old. This means that while our average age range has changed throughout the years, the majority of our members are spread across a large range of ages.
How many of our group members are active on the section daily?
Since 2008, the minimum number of days active on WhatsApp at any given point has hovered around 500. Do the figures not work according to your own personal time-counting habits? (A good rule of thumb is 750 minutes per day). The average number of days active in the section is probably more accurate, as is the fact that WhatsApp does record the additional time users spend on multiple devices. For example, on some of our past outings I have added a few minutes when on the train, to account for the extra scrolling on my phone — journalists call this the “dead time” — and periodically turn off Twitter notifications and Google Reader.
As of June 2014, WhatsApp users were spending 3 hours and 34 minutes on the service. (1 hour and 15 minutes is the global average) More than 2.3 billion minutes were spent on WhatsApp messaging in 2014, with messages sent being the most popular activity with over 620 billion messages sent [source: TechCrunch].
How many times does someone add a user to their private WhatsApp group?
It’s been quite a while since we shared the insights into the most used features of WhatsApp, and with a 280-million user subscriber base (up from 220 million in February 2012), the share of active users is mind-boggling.
Conclusion: Our team has put in a lot of effort to make our group chat into what it is today, and we’re excited that our efforts are paying off!
I hope this email inspires you to make the most of your time at university. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step—so make sure you take that step!Not only will you be joining the thousands of students around the world who are taking up marketing, you will get to build meaningful relationships with people across campus. Remember to humor us and remember youthful exuberance is fun and exciting, but remember that you are on the journey with us. We would love to share this journey with you!
Working in your third year at university is not an easy experience, especially when you have been confined to your room for two years already. You probably feel a little lost and don’t have much sense of direction. There are plenty of ways to make the most out of your time away from home, so come join our WhatsApp group as a member of our humble group and dig into the adventure of working in a new environment.
Unlike your class projects, your WhatsApp errands may be far more casual. Some of the things our members do actually support bigger real-world causes. Remember how important it was to sign the petition for the £25m Creative Industries Development Fund despite not being a creative yourself? Amongst our group members, you will probably find that you are not only helping to make a difference to universities across the world, you are also getting to spend more time with those studying the same subject and learning together. Many of our members have a strong sense of community with one another and feel like they can do anything to help further the cause.
Working in an environment where you don’t know your coworkers is so stressful. Being a member of our WhatsApp group means you have the opportunity to give your peers constructive criticism.