Snapchat Now Has 187 Million Daily Users

Snapchat’s user growth re-accelerated slightly in the fourth quarter of 2017. The social media app, particularly popular among teenagers, now has 187 million daily active users, an increase of 18 percent compared to Q4 2016 and five percent compared to Q3 2017. As our chart illustrates, Snapchat is still most popular in North America, where 43 percent of its users come from.


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It’s not exactly a secret; Facebook is now being labeled the “old” people social network while Snapchat is for the “kids” (see “Snapchat Cements Its Must-Have Status Among U.S. Teens“).

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Snapchat Is Growing Up

Snapchat’s rise to fame over the past few years can be attributed almost entirely to its immense popularity among young smartphone users who found in it a new virtual playground after their parents had caught up with them on Facebook.

And while anecdotal evidence gathered by the author of these lines suggests that Snapchat is still a big mystery to many people past their 30th birthday, new data from comScore points in a different direction. According to the company’s latest “Cross-Platform Future in Focus” report, the age composition of Snapchat’s audience is quickly shifting towards older users. In December 2016, people aged 35 and older accounted for 46 percent of Snapchat’s adult user base in the United States, up from just 24 percent a year earlier.

While it needs to be noted that comScore’s analysis doesn’t include users below the age of 18, one thing seems clear: silver surfers are no longer avoiding Snapchat at all costs, a trend that could make the platform even more attractive to advertisers but also less appealing to the young internet crowd.

This chart breaks down Snapchat’s adult users in the U.S. by age group.

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Facebook Is Coming After Snapchat From All Sides

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When Snapchat’s parent company Snap warned potential investors about its business facing “significant competition” one name immediately sprang to mind: Facebook. The world’s largest social networking company poses a huge risk to Snap’s future success as it competes with the latter’s breakthrough app on several fronts.

Not only is Facebook unchallenged in terms of its nearly universal reach, the company also seems adamant to let itself be “inspired” by its arising competitor Snapchat. Starting with the introduction of Instagram Stories in August 2016, Facebook introduced many new functions to its apps recently that are eerily reminiscent of Snapchat’s most beloved features.

With Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook’s namesake platform, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is attacking Snapchat from all sides. Considering the size of Facebook’s user base and financial power, it’ll be interesting to see how Snap manages to fend off its personal Goliath.

This chart shows the Snapchat-inspired features introduced to Facebook’s messaging apps recently.

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Where Snapchat’s Users Come From

When Snap, the company behind Snapchat, filed for its initial public offering last week, it not only granted us a first look at the financials behind the popular smartphone app but also revealed the size of its user base. According to the registration document, Snapchat had 159 million daily active users by the end of 2016, up from 106 million a year ago and 71 million at the end of 2014.

With 68 million users, North America (including Mexico and the Caribbean) has the largest Snapchat fan base ahead of Europe (52 million) and the rest of the world (39 million). While still growing, the rate of Snapchat’s user growth slowed down significantly in the second half of 2016. Interestingly, that slowdown coincided with the launch of Instagram Stories in August. While copying a feature from your rival’s playbook may not have been the most elegant move by Instagram (or Facebook for that matter), it certainly was effective: by October, Instagram Stories already had 100 million daily users, illustrating how big a threat Instagram with its 600 million users poses to Snapchat’s long-term success.

This chart shows Snapchat’s user growth since 2014.

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