with facebook’s announcement, messenger is now entering the race with some heavy hitters. and while it’s not the first time that facebook has made an effort to bring its apps to the desktop, it’s the first time that the company has taken an active role in the development process.
it also should be noted that facebook will not offer chat to its entire user base. but for those who have an android or ios device, a much more complete messenger experience awaits. meanwhile, you can still enjoy your facebook on desktop, even if it isnt exactly the same as before.
have you ever wanted to show off a new facebook profile picture, but when you open the page, it says “you have already liked this page”? you could change your profile picture, but you probably dont want to take the time to do that. now you can add a “like” button to any facebook page and it will keep you up to date on what your friends are up to.
by some strange coincidence, facebook also announced that starting july 1, it would also begin rolling out the “like” feature to pages. pages that have been liked will appear in your news feed as a link, and clicking on the link will take you directly to the page. the “like” function is currently limited to the facebook mobile app, but the company plans to expand it to web and desktop users in the future.
paying facebook to make this kind of functionality available to its users is a pretty smart move. with a “like” button, facebook is essentially giving away a free advertising tool. it can also use the “like” feature to track the popularity of individual pages and brands. it can show ads based on what you’ve liked. even without ads, they get to know a bit about you. (opens in a new window) no wonder it’s such a big deal. as a user, i’m all for more ways for a social network to show me things that i might like. that’s something the web used to do in a far more vibrant way.
facebook is the number one social network in the world, and now it’s trying to take a big chunk of that with the new messenger app. with messenger, you can send messages, share photos and videos, and do a lot of things that you can do with other social networks. you can also join rooms with people and share your screen with them. facebook is also giving its users some of the best chat rooms around, like messenger party and messenger friends. if you’ve ever wanted to be your own dj, messenger party is where it’s at.
facebook has been slowly rolling out messenger rooms over the past few weeks. messenger rooms were introduced in 2014 with the original rooms app. there were a lot of problems with it. for one, it was a little awkward to use. you had to manually invite people into a room, and people could only see who was in a room if they were the only person in the room. the original rooms app only allowed you to control which people could see you in a room. facebook eventually introduced facebook for rooms, which is similar to messenger rooms in that you can share your screen, play games, and watch videos together. you can also start video calls using messenger rooms. there are also the facebook messenger rooms, which were introduced in november 2015.
facebook was originally built for college students, but theres no reason its not applicable to the rest of the population. messenger should become a more universal app with time, but at the moment its great on mobile and even better on desktop.
the company’s decision to offer chat on the desktop comes at a time when google has had messenger on android for a long time, while skype and slack are also making inroads on the desktop. all of this has led to a “messaging app arms race”, where everyone is trying to beat the already established players.