Facebook’s chat app across platforms WhatsApp saw a record number of users on New Year’s Eve when some people smartly chose to celebrate the end of 2020 practically this year. Because even though the damned year from Hades is finally behind us, the covid-19 pandemic is over definitely not.
More than 1.4 billion video and voice calls were placed on New Year’s Eve, the app’s most ever in a single day, per a company blog post. While Facebook said that New Year’s Eve has historically been the busiest night, it saw about a 50% increase compared to this time last year.
It was a great day for the company’s second chat app Facebook Messenger as well, which saw almost twice as many group video calls compared to the daily average. There were also 55 million live broadcasts across Facebook and Instagram.
“[I]In March 2020, the early days of the pandemic produced traffic spikes that would dwarf New Year’s Eve several times – and it lasted for several months, “said Facebook technical host Caitlin Banford in the post. “Behind the scenes, Facebook Engineering came together to drive unique efficiency improvements and make our infrastructure more resilient.”
Being a successful host for a record number of users on New Year’s Eve is a testament to the months of testing out the reinforced infrastructure and enduring increased traffic on their apps among widespread locks.
“This year, New Year’s Eve looked very different, and we had engineering teams across Facebook’s apps, ready to support any issue so the world could call in 2021.”
Who knows, maybe this time next year the world will be a little less on fire, and we will be able to celebrate New Year’s Eve in person again. Or maybe we get stuck and count down the end of 2021 in our underground bunkers after killing horns and tornadoes from rodents overflow the surface. I guess it’s a 50/50 shot at this point.