Top Messaging & Communication Platforms 2021

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting. 

Dave Barry

Dave Barry is right. Communication is the most essential function the internet brought to the world with its inception in 1969. What started with email programs, has morphed into a plethora of applications, platforms, and services for all kinds of online messaging and communication. Here are the Top Messaging & Communication Platforms 2021.

On this list of Top Messaging & Communication Platforms 2021, you’ll find the most used services by monthly active users — be it text messaging, audio and video calls, or group chats. The oldest messaging service on this list was launched in 1999. The youngest application came to life in 2017.


The list of Top Messaging & Communication Platforms 2021

This list is structured as follows: Below the name, you’ll find the number of monthly active users, then the launch date of the app or service, and finally the country the company behind the platform resides in. 5 countries are represented on this list. For the last 5 services, I couldn’t find conclusive numbers for monthly active users.

1. WhatsApp

2 billion | launched 2009 | USA

2. Facebook Messenger

1.3 billion | launched 2004 | USA

3. WeChat

  1. 2 billion | launched 2011 | China

4. QQ

659 million | launched 1999 | China

5. Telegram

500 million | launched 2013 | United Arab Emirates

6. Skype

300 million | launched 2003 | USA

7. Tieba

300 million | launched 2003 | China

8. Viber

260 million | launched 2010 | Luxembourg

9. imo

200 million | launched 2012 | USA

10. Line

169 million | launched 2011 | Japan

11. Discord

140 million | launched 2015 | USA

12. Zoom

launched 2012 | USA

13. Microsoft Teams

launched 2016 | USA

14. Google Meet

launched 2017 | USA

15. Apple iMessage

launched 2011 | USA

16. Apple FaceTime

launched 2010 | USA


Conclusion

What would the internet be without online messaging and communication? It’s the most essential feature of the world wide web. As Stephen Hawking said:

We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.

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