Telegram Saw 8M Downloads After WhatsApp Got AcquiredPosted: February 25, 2014
The App Store is a strange and whimsical bedfellow. It is a kingmaker, but with that come the tears of the anointed, the displaced and the never-rans.
As an example of the store’s fickle nature, Flappy Bird held the Free App pole position for so long that it could not handle the success, committing seppuku. Almost immediately three clones popped up to replace it, including Flying Cyrus, a Miley Cyrus-themed clone.
The news of WhatsApp, the world’s largest messaging app, being acquired on February 19 by the world’s largest social network also has birthed a new App Store star. Telegram, a messaging app of humble origins, has surpassed WhatsApp in the App Store rankings, just five days after the news of Facebook’s buy. Other messaging apps like TigerText and Confide could also see a related boost.
It’s easy to attribute the exodus to a specific mistrust of…
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