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The 3 Most Remarkable Things You'll See About Facebook Paying $19 Billion To Acquire WhatsApp

1.) After its first four years, WhatsApp is actually growing at a faster rate than Gmail, Skype, Twitter and even Facebook. It's already on pace to hit 1 billion users in less than a year. There are also more messages sent over the WhatsApp service on a daily basis than the entire text message SMS code:


2.) The co-founder of WhatsApp, Brian Acton, actually once applied for a job at Facebook. But he was turned down. That was 2009:



3.) Facebook actually outbid Google, who offered more than $10 billion for WhatsApp. However, Google could not offer WhatsApp a seat on its board. Facebook could do that. 

So Facebook paid $19 billion (stock and cash) for WhatsApp, a company that actually has a user base that is twice as large as Twitter.

WhatsApp co-founders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, will join Facebook's board. Here they are: