On average, there are over seven billion conversations taking place on Messenger every day in 2017 and at the same time, on average, 260 million new conversation threads were started this year, social media giant Facebook has said.
As holidays are popular times to connect with each other online as well as offline. New Years, Mother’s Day, and Valentine’s Day were three of the top five most active days for chats on Messenger.
Overall, there were 17 billion realtime video chats on Messenger, marking two times as many video chat sessions in 2017 compared to 2016.
Visual messaging is now new universal language that makes conversations more joyful, impactful, and this year Facebook has investing heavily and has introduced thousands of stickers, frames and other effects to make conversations better than ever.
People shared over 500 billion emojis in 2017, or nearly 1.7 billion every day. GIFs are a popular choice too, with 18 billion GIFs shared in 2017, said Facebook.
This year, Facebook introduced @mentions and reactions, giving you an option quickly showing acknowledgement or expressing how you feel in an easy way with an emoji.
The company found that in 2017, over 2.5 million new groups were created on Messenger every day and the average group chat included 10 people.
Since launching in March, people shared more than 11 billion reactions, up from two billion shared in June. The most popular reaction in a group conversation is ????.
Of course, reactions are just as fun in 1:1 conversations, too. The most popular reaction in 1:1 conversations is ????
As of September, Facebook Messenger has more than 1.3 billion people around the world and Messenger Day has reached 70 million daily users that post and view photos and video slideshows in just six months of the launch.