$19BN APP COMPANY Whatsapp has celebrated its newly found wealth by going offline and rejecting people's attempts to use it.
Whatsapp, which was acquired by Facebook last week, has 450 million monthly active users worldwide and over 320 million daily active users, it claims.
However that was not the case this weekend. On Twitter messages through its Whatsapp Status account, the firm admitted that it was lost in the wilderness and remained that way for about two hours.
"Sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly," it said.
Approximately two hours later, the instant messaging service returned.
WhatsApp service has been restored. We are so sorry for the downtime...— WhatsApp Status (@wa_status) February 22, 2014
Two hours is not a long time, unless it is spent watching Powerpoint presentations, but when over half of your punters suck at your app every day, the removal of that teat can cause complaints. Whatsapp users rushed to Twitter to complain that they had lost one avenue of communication.
The Whatsapp status page is relatively quiet. It made only two announcements during its brief vacation this weekend, and before then had not spoken since early December.
The timing is not ideal, and it seems like only hours ago that Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg were skipping around talking about how dandy Whatsapp is.
"Our team has always believed that neither cost and distance should ever prevent people from connecting with their friends and loved ones, and won't rest until everyone, everywhere is empowered with that opportunity," said Koum on Friday.
"We want to thank all of our users and everybody in our lives for making this next chapter possible, and for joining us as we continue on this very special journey."
A journey that came to an abrupt if temporary stop a day later. µ
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