As we explore in our new GWI Social report (download a free summary here), LINE was the fastest growing messaging/networking app over the last year – with the service seeing a 57% rise in active user numbers.

Facebook Messenger has also recorded strong increases as users have been pushed over from the main Facebook app.

Despite having a relatively small global footprint, Snapchat remains a key app to watch. It might have lost its title as the fastest-growing app of all – which it had held for the last few quarters – but it’s still seen a rise of 45% in the last year.

Most significant of all is that teens are about 3.5x as likely to be using Snapchat as the average internet user. More than 40% of this key demographic are now Snapchatting in places like Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the UK. What’s more, Snapchat is more popular than either Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp among American teens. Little wonder, then, that it’s still such a thorn in Facebook’s side.

Want more of the latest social media trends and numbers? Download the full version of GWI Social here.


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Jason is Chief Research Officer at GlobalWebIndex. He oversees the global research and insight teams, directs the world-leading research study and specializes in analyzing consumer trends. He writes for titles like the Huffington Post and MediaPost and is a frequent contributor to stories on media outlets such as BBC News, CNN, the Guardian, Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.

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