This is how Facebook services have lived on the arrival of the new year

The year 2020 will be remembered as the year of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, and how technology helped to continue to maintain contact with family, friends, and even co-workers working remotely, despite mobility restrictions and confinements decreed by competent authorities in much of the world.

In fact, one of the technological resources that experienced the most growth during 2020 was video calls, both personally and professionally, which has been a huge technological challenge for many companies that provide video calling services, which have worked hard so that their services do not suffer incidents in the face of the high demand that has been being recorded.

Among those companies is Facebook, which on the first day of the New Year shared a series of interesting numbers that show that 2020 was a totally different year.

At the outset, they point out that with the onset of the pandemic in March 2020, traffic to their services increased several times to the growth recorded on the old night of previous years, with this demand for traffic remaining over several months.

In that regard, they point out that:

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 capability.

An old night stuck to the screen

With this, we can already sense that the old night of 2020 has also been especially different in terms of registered traffic. Facebook notes that its teams of engineers have remained pending to prevent the collapse of its services.

As far as WhatsApp is concerned, it notes that on that special night more than 1.4 billion voice and video messages were sent globally, with a growth of 50% compared to the old night of last year (2019).

Regarding Messenger, he notes that that night has been more important to video calls of more than three people, in the United States, doubling in number in New York compared to the daily average. Let's remember that Messenger is the most used messaging service in the United States, above WhatsApp.

And concerning Instagram and Facebook Live, the company notes that there were 55 million live streams worldwide.

While these numbers are quite surprising, registering new records never seen before, it should also be noted that last old night has come with several limitations that have prevented people from freely celebrating the arrival of the new year in person with family and friends as in previous years.

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