Facebook’s moving messages to Facebook Messenger, but rebels can still log in via a web browser and forgo the download.
You’ve been enjoying the convenience of having your messages and Facebook status updates in the core Facebook app. Well, prepare to be inconvenienced! Facebook’s now moved your messages to its Facebook Messenger app – prompting yet another download by some Facebook users who feel that the social media company should centralize its offerings.
Facebook is now notifying users who’ve yet to download the Facebook messenger app on their phone by way of the Facebook Home page as well as their current list of Facebook messages sent to friends in the core Facebook app. There’s a “learn more” button you can press to learn about why Facebook’s moving its messages. In short, Facebook claims by way of its FAQ page that Facebook messenger gets your messages to you faster than the core Facebook app.
At the same time, however, we here at Inferse have used both the core Facebook app for messages and the Facebook Messenger app – and we’ve yet to understand the difference in message delivery speeds. We’d like to be optimistic here, but we believe that Facebook’s doing this for company benefit rather than user benefit.
In any case, the company’s not yet relocating everything. According to its FAQ page, “We’ll keep giving you links to install Messenger, and soon you’ll see a reminder notice where you’d normally see your messages. At that point, you’ll need to install Messenger or go to www.facebook.com from a browser to view and send messages.”
So, even with Facebook’s move to Facebook Messenger for its email and messages, you can still choose to refrain from downloading the Messenger app and stick to Facebook.com on a browser. The benefit of Messenger is that you can contact anyone at Facebook with the tap of the app icon on your mobile phone – while you’ll have to type in the browser URL when you log in via a web browser. At the same time, however, keep in mind that Facebook will want access to your contacts, calendar, location, camera and microphone, Wi-Fi connection information, as well as your device ID and call information.
Windows users, you’ll have to wait. The move is currently for Android and iOS users. Depending on how you feel about Facebook’s latest move, you may do a little dance in front of your smartphone screen after reading this.
Does this latest move by Facebook bother you, or do you think it’s an inevitable move that’s finally taking place? Do you like having to use two Facebook apps, or do you think it’s a method to increase mobile ads and mobile ad revenue that’s only going to inconvenience users? You know what to do to answer this question.