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WhatsApp processes 18 billion messages on New Year's Eve

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WhatsApp, the popular mobile messaging service, has said that it processed a record 18 billion messages on New Year's Eve 2012.

In a post on Twitter, WhatsApp said that it delivered 7 billion messages inbound on December 31 and 11 billion outbound.

WhatsApp explained that the difference between the two types is group chat, as "sending one message into group chat of 10 people is 1:10 inbound:outbound".

"On Dec 31st we had a new record day: 7B msgs inbound, 11B msgs outbound = 18 billion total messages processed in one day! Happy 2013!!!" WhatsApp tweeted.

The 18 billion messages processed in a single day exceeded WhatsApp's previous record set last August of 10 billion messages.

By comparison, Apple said in October that its own iMessage text service had delivered 300bn messages on iOS devices over the past year, at an average of 1bn a day.

WhatsApp was founded in 2009 in California as a way for users to share text messages, images, audio and video with others. It is now available for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Phone devices.

Last year, the company was the subject of takeover speculation by listed social network Facebook, although that ultimately proved to be unfounded.

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