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Facebook Messenger Adds Contextual Information on First-Time Senders

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Facebook Messenger users who have ever received messages and wondered where they knew the senders from will embrace a new feature the social network introduced Thursday.

Mashable and TechCrunch both reported that when Facebook users receive messages from other users for the first time, publicly available information from the senders will be included, to help the receivers understand the context of the messages.

This information includes the senders’ work information, current city and mutual friends, both blogs reported, and it is limited to information that is already publicly available via Facebook.

Facebook told Mashable the new feature is being rolled out to iOS and Android users in the U.S., U.K., France and India “over the next few weeks,” with a spokesperson adding that it is “a way to give you more context about new conversations in Messenger.”

Mashable and TechCrunch both pointed out the new feature’s similarities to Hello, the Android phone dialer application Facebook rolled out last month, which enables users to see publicly shared information from Facebook about incoming callers, among other features.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts about this new Messenger feature?

Images courtesy of Mashable and TechCrunch.


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Video Calling via Facebook Messenger Available Worldwide

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Facebook announced in late April that it added video calling to its Messenger applications in 18 countries, and the feature has now gone global.

Vice president of messaging David Marcus announced the expansion of Messenger’s video calling feature in a Facebook post Tuesday:

Quick update on video calling in Messenger: We’re happy to share we’ve now rolled out the capability globally, with the exception of a few countries we’re still working on improving quality for. So make sure you get the latest and greatest version for iOS and Android, give it a try, and as always … tell us how we can make it even better for you!

The feature was rolled out at the end of April to iOS and Android users in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the U.K., the U.S. and Uruguay.

Readers: Have you tried video calling via Messenger? What were your experiences like?

Messenger Video CallingAll of us on the Messenger team aspire to build the best communication product that will eventually enable billions of people to stay connected with the people they care about the most, and have an experience that’s as good as a face-to-face conversation. Today, we’re very excited to take a big step in that direction by launching video calling in 18 countries. Give it a try by surprising someone special to you, and as always, don’t forget to let us know how we can make it even better for you!

Posted by David Marcus on Monday, April 27, 2015

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The Coming Months Will Be Eventful for Facebook Events

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Facebook plans to add several improvements to its events feature over the next few months, and product manager Aditya Koolwal provided a preview of what users can expect to JP Mangalindan of Mashable.

The developments Koolwal described to Mangalindan included:

  • Events will be featured more prominently in News Feed.
  • When users RSVP to events in their News Feeds, a drop-down Related Events will appear underneath, offering suggestions for similar events those users may be interested in.
  • Users will be able to share events directly via the Facebook Messenger applications.
  • One-on-one chats in Messenger between event hosts and invitees will be enabled, and events will be shared as attachments, similar to photos or audio files.
  • Facebook is working on the ability to invite non-Facebook users to events, but Koolwal said this addition is slated for 2016 at the earliest, telling Mashable, “One thing we’ve heard from feedback, especially from emerging markets, when users are creating events is that they can’t invite all their friends because not all of them use Facebook. You won’t have the full Facebook experience, but for me, that’s fine, because as the organizer of that event, it’s important to know that I can invite you.”
  • Hosts of private events will be able to tell if invitees viewed their invites, with Koolwal telling Mangalindan, “If you’ve created a public event, it probably doesn’t matter as much if two people can’t come if you’ve invited, say, 500 other people. But it probably matters more, though, to someone organizing a small, intimate dinner party.”
  • Koolwal told Mashable his team is toying with the idea of a stand-alone events app, although there are currently no plans to move forward with this project.

Readers: What changes would you like to see in Facebook’s events feature?

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Facebook Adds Video Calling to Messenger App

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Facebook announced today a new feature for its Messenger app on iOS and Android: video calling. Now, Messenger users can have a face-to-face chat.

Facebook blogged about the new feature:

You can quickly start a video call from any conversation with just one tap. If you’re messaging with someone and realize that words just aren’t enough, you can simply choose the video icon in the top right corner of the screen and start a video call right from within an existing Messenger conversation.

Messenger already offers people the ability to make voice calls to friends and loved ones around the world. Video calling will expand Messenger’s real-time communication features, enabling the more than 600 million people who use Messenger every month to reach others wherever they are, from anywhere. It’s fast, reliable and high quality.

Video calling via Messenger is available to iOS and Android users in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the U.K., the U.S. and Uruguay.

Readers: Would you use this feature?

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Big Emoji in Facebook Messenger?

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MessengerLargerEmojiFacebook appears to be tinkering with the sizes of emoji sent without text via its Messenger application.

Reader Matteo Acitelli of Fanpage.it shared the screenshot above with SocialTimes, noting that when sent alone, emoji are displaying at the same larger size that stickers do.

Messenger users: Have you noticed this?

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This App Turns Facebook’s New Messenger Interface Into A Standalone Mac App

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Facebook Brings Messenger to Web

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MessengerComFacebook rolled out a Web version of its Messenger application Wednesday, but the social network has no plans to remove messaging functions from its website as it did for its mobile apps last year.

Vice president of messaging David Marcus announced the launch in a Facebook post:

We’re excited to bring you a dedicated desktop experience with the launch of Messenger.com. Check it out and, as always, let us know how we can make it better for you!

A Facebook spokesperson told Re/code the motivation behind a Web version of Messenger is to accommodate users who want to focus solely on messaging, and not on Facebook’s other features, such as News Feed, adding that the social network has no plans to remove messaging from its core service.

According to Re/code, Messenger.com is available to English-speaking users globally as of Wednesday, and other languages will be added “in the coming weeks.” Re/code also reported that recently added Messenger features, such as payments and third-party apps, will be supported by the Web version of the service.

Readers: What are your initial impressions of Messenger.com?

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Facebook Announces Analytics For Apps

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Soon Facebook Messenger Will Let You Reach Out To Businesses

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Facebook Plans To Turn Messenger Into A Platform

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