The Telegram instant messenger gets 100,000 sign-ups and a million active users every day. This explosive growth began after the man behind the new application, Pavel Durov, announced that he had sold his share in the VKontakte social network.

On January 26, published sign-up statistics for Telegram for January 25-26, 2014. The figures were provided by the founder of Russia's biggest social network, VKontakte, and of the Telegram project, Pavel Durov. According to the statistics, Telegram has recently been getting about 100,000 sign-ups a day.

Pavel Durov points out that the messenger is not being advertised anywhere and the growth is organic: information about Telegram is spreading by word of mouth among users, including via Twitter. Telegram has also managed to reach one million of unique users a day.

Android accounts for up to 80 percent of downloads of the application. The majority of new users come from Arabic countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Lebanon and others. In Europe, the biggest number of Telegram users are in Spain, while Russia is in the seventh to ninth position, accounting for 4 percent of users.

Google Play currently states that Telegram's two most popular versions have from 500,000 to one million and from 100,000 to 500,000 downloads.

According to Pavel Durov, these figures are seriously out of date: "The million downloads mark was hit a long time ago." Telegram's main rival, the WhatsApp messenger, has 100 to 500 million downloads in Google Play.

Durov launched Telegram in August last year. Telegram is a free messaging application for smartphones, allowing users to exchange texts and files. It is an English-language service that is aimed at foreign markets. Its main strength, according to Durov, is that Telegram is more secure against hacking than its competition. Telegram LLC is registered in Delaware.