WhatsApp passes the New Year's exam online

WhatsApp passes the New Year's exam online
At the end of a 2020 that has seen most people online for many more hours a day, we tend to take it for granted that the infrastructures, servers and networks on which our activities are burdened are always efficient and available. The truth is that, perhaps for the first time in full swing, the New Year's challenge has been overcome, even though this was the most social New Year's Eve ever.

How many times in the past years at precisely the fateful hour Were there any slowdowns on social networks or on WhatsApp? This year, even according to Facebook's reflections emerging from the statistics of the beginning of 2021, the challenge has been overcome: slowdowns reduced to a minimum, and year-end greetings worthily celebrated live (at a distance) in most cases.

WhatsApp recorded 1.4 billion calls and video calls, transforming January 1, 2021 into the busiest day of calls in the history of the service: the increase compared to January 1, 2020 was as much as 50%. Instagram and Facebook, at the same time, counted 55 million live broadcasts globally, thus bringing together hundreds of millions of people across the home displays and Menlo Park servers.

These are mere end statistics year? Or are these numbers more fully the figure of how much progress has been made after facing the challenges that the pandemic has faced in recent months? In fact, today we find ourselves with much more advanced online communication services, calibrated on a greater dimensional volume and able to face sudden traffic peaks in a more elastic way. January 1 is the day with the largest number of online users through streaming and, even if we did not realize it since each one closed within their own bubble, this is an epochal step that historians and sociologists cannot ignore in this third decade of the century.

Source: Facebook