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As Frederic from NewsGrange noted today, the Messenger app snuck up and overtook FarmVille this week as the second most popular app on Facebook in terms of daily active users.
We’ve actually been here before – back in November, Frederic wrote about Messenger holding the number two spot, just behind the ever so popular FarmVille. But Zynga released CityVille in December, and it quickly made it to the number one spot – it’s not easy keeping up with them!
Messenger’s consistently high ranking on the Facebook App Leaderboard for daily active users (DAU) reflects the growing popularity of connecting Facebook to Messenger amongst our customers. Over 22 million people have now connected Facebook to Messenger.
Facebook chat from Messenger and Hotmail is by far the most popular feature of our partnership with Facebook. The number of minutes spent on Facebook chat from Messenger has grown nearly 25% since we made this feature available worldwide in Messenger at the beginning of February (and a few weeks ago, Facebook chat came to Hotmail users worldwide, too). Messenger now powers nearly 4 billion minutes of Facebook chat per month.
But Messenger customers are also posting status updates, and sharing links, photos, and files to Facebook from Messenger, activities that have increased steadily since June 2010 when we started offering this service.
We’re really excited people are seeing the value of connecting Messenger to Facebook.
Now, please excuse me while I go water my crops!
Piero Sierra Group Program Manager, Windows Live
P.S. In case you missed it, here's where you can connect Messenger to Facebook, with options to chat with Facebook friends on Messenger (and vice versa), share status messages between the two services, and more.
I don't have a Windows Phone but I am curious if Windows Live users get the Twitter integration that's coming to Windows Phone soon because it uses Windows Live services integration. I want Twitter!
I'm glad to see people are connecting the services. :-)
Is that the number of people who were tricked into installing 2011?