WhatsApp calls saw an all-time high on New Year’s Eve
As revealed by Facebook, the company’s apps saw a record-breaking usage on New Year’s Eve so that people stayed connected without the need to actually go out and celebrate. Also Read - Today's Tech News: Snapdragon 870 SoC launched, Realme X7 India launch
Facebook Messenger was also used to make group calls in the US as the app’s feature saw twice the usage on NYE as seen on other days. People also celebrated New Year’s Eve on Messenger with the ‘2020 Fireworks’ AR effect as the top effect.
People also used Facebook’s Live feature to celebrate with more and more people as Facebook Live and Instagram Live garnered 55 million broadcasts around the world on December 31, 2020.
Further, Facebook revealed that it adopted ways to keep the traffic in control for users to use the apps smoothly. Facebook, technical program manager, Caitlin Banford, said, “Behind the scenes, Facebook Engineering came together to drive unprecedented efficiency improvements and make our infrastructure more resilient. This work includes load testing, disaster recovery testing, and shuffling capacity. This year, New Year’s Eve looked a lot different, and we had engineering teams across Facebook’s apps, ready to support any issue, so the world could ring in 2021.” So, if everything happened smoothly for you, you know the reason.
Evidently, the usage surpassed the numbers of the earlier COVID-19 pandemic days telling us how people have adapted to everything virtual and helped give out a message that we can do a lot over the internet to remain safe!