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Facebook To Force Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

 11:56 am on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

I've seen this happening for some time and it's annoyed me greatly. Perhaps i'm easily annoyed. ;)
I wonder how this will go down with other FB users around the globe, and whether there will be an outcry, followed by users rolling over and giving in.

Over the next few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps, and force all their users around the world to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first started requiring users in Europe to use Messenger back in April, but after seeing “positive results” in terms of engagement, its rolling out the plan to the everyone.Facebook To Force Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat [techcrunch.com]



 3:16 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hiding the logout link annoys me even more.


 4:11 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

Ha! Yes, that too.

FB doesn't want you to sign out as it wants you to be "social" all the time. Impossible, really, as there's a life away from your phone, whether it be work or play.


 5:37 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

I think "Force" is too strong a word here. It implies there is no other option. The other option is to ignore the prompts and not use Messenger, I don't... but then I guess I'm not that social.


 7:48 pm on Jul 29, 2014 (gmt 0)

Agree about the "Force", I don't feel compelled to use my phone for FB and I have all apps disabled (even chat) so I am feeling no pressure. They can't make me turn on Messenger. If I was already using my phone for these things, I would likely view it differently.


 3:51 am on Jul 30, 2014 (gmt 0)

I wasn't happy about them breaking the chat out of the main app either. The last thing most mobile users need is another active background app. And all because, presumably, they wanted to try to compete with the flavor of the month call/chat apps that are so popular. Seems pointless to me, the chat app market is irrelevant at Facebook scale.
FB doesn't want you to sign out as it wants you to be "social" all the time

The regular Facebook app already accomplishes this. It phones home even with notifications disabled.

Personally if I need FB chat I use a mobile web browser in desktop mode. Facebook chat works fine that way.


 1:07 am on Aug 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

We will bend over and take it. Sure, there will be some whining, but in a week we will be over it.

Look what a huge stir the NSA spying scandal caused. Millions of people marching on the grounds of the Capitol. Oh, wait...

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