Now let’s look at the word anything. We all have a desire to be understood and to relate to each other. So we are always looking for better and richer ways to express ourselves and share with one another.
When I was a baby and I took my first steps, my parents wrote the date in a baby books that they can share it with their friends and family. When my nephews took their first steps, my sister took photos and videos on their phone, so she could send them to us. And when my daughter Max takes her first steps hopefully later this year, I want to capture the whole scene, right, with a 360 video. So I can send it to my family and my friends and they can go into VR and feel like they’re actually right there in the living room with us. We’re always trying to get closer to this purest form of capturing an idea or an experience.
And then there is the third part – with anyone. Sometimes we just want to talk to one friend. Sometimes we want to hang out with few friends. Sometimes we have something that we want to share with all our friends or with all our co-workers, or with an entire community, like marathon runners or Golden State Warriors fans. And sometimes we want to share something with the whole world. So that’s why we are developing a whole family of apps to create a world class experience for all of the different groups of people that you want to share with.
So this is the goal: give everyone the power to share anything they want with anyone. And here’s our 10-year roadmap to get there.
Now we have a playbook for building these services. First, we build a new technology that can help people share and connect in some new ways. Then we take that technology and we build it into a product that we think a billion or more people could use and benefit from. And then finally, once the product is at scale, we build a full ecosystem around that product — of developers and businesses and partners.
So our roadmap for the next 10 years has three horizons. We have a community and ecosystem today that we need to grow to reach many times its current scale to reach its full potential. We have several products that are already at scale with lots of people using them, that we now need to build into full ecosystems with developers and businesses. And we have new technologies that we need to develop so they can be large scale products in their own right.
So let’s start by talking about mobile building around our most developed ecosystem – the Facebook App and Platform. Now we launched Platform almost a decade ago and since then hundreds of thousands of developers like all of you have built millions of apps to connect more than a billion people. And our developer community building apps keeps growing and in the last year, it has grown 40%, with now more than 70% of developers on apps outside of the US. Our second largest community is in India, and Africa is growing incredibly quickly in our developer community.
So today you’re going to hear about all of the new tools that we are announcing that will help you build, grow and monetize your apps. And we’re also going to talk about a lot of new infrastructure that we are open sourcing from our data centers and all the tools that we’ve built around that, to our mobile frameworks like React Native and tools like [HHB]. So the Facebook platform keeps getting stronger. And of all the things we’re going to talk about today, you can have a bigger impact building with these tools the next few years than the other things that are not yet at scale.
So now let’s talk about the next five years and how we’re going to build the ecosystems around our products that are already starting to be used by lots of people. Now one of the platforms that I am most excited about is Messenger. Last year, Messenger was the fastest growing app in the US, ahead of even Facebook, which was second. Messenger just passed 900 million monthly actives and now between Messenger and WhatsApp, people are sending about 60 billion messages a day. So to put them in perspective, at its peak global SMS volume was right around 20 billion messages a day. So we’re processing about 3 times as messages as SMS everyday and these services are still growing incredibly quickly.
So now that Messenger is at scale, we are starting to develop ecosystems around it. And the first thing we’re doing is exploring how you can all communicate with businesses. Now you probably interact with dozens of businesses everyday and some of them are probably really meaningful to you. But I have never met anyone who likes calling a business. And no one wants to have to install a new app for every service or business that they want to interact with. So we think that there’s got to be a better way to do this.
We think that you should just be able to message a business in the same way you would message a friend. You should get a quick response and it shouldn’t take your full attention like a phone call would and you shouldn’t have to install a new app. So today we are launching Messenger Platform, so you can build Bots for Messenger. And it’s a simple platform that is powered by Artificial Intelligence, so you can build natural language services to communicate directly with people.
So let’s take a look. So CNN, for example, is going to be able to send you a daily digestive stories right into Messenger. And the more you use it, the more personalized it will get, and if you want to learn about a specific topic, like say the Supreme Court nomination or the Zika virus, you just send a message and it will send you that information.