Facebook M is a Personal Assistant That Lives in Facebook Messenger

This morning, Facebook’s David Marcus (VP of messaging products) announced that their have started to test a new service within Messenger called Facebook M. M is a “personal digital assistant inside of Messenger” that helps you complete tasks or find information.

In describing the new service, Marcus said that M is powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and actual humans, and that it completes tasks “on your behalf,” can purchase items deliver gifts to friends and family, book restaurants, make travel arrangements or appointments, and “way more.”  (more…)

Facebook Messenger Gets Video Calling

Video calling is now a part of Facebook Messenger, the social giant announced this morning. Available on both Android and iOS today in Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Greece, Ireland, Laos, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, the UK, the US and Uruguay, you can call someone via video with the touch of a video icon at the top of your conversations.

Once you have the latest update, which again, should be out today, you should see a video icon at the top of your individual conversations that lets you know if the person on the other end is ready to take a call. Calls can also be made between Android and iOS devices.  (more…)

More GIFs Please: Facebook Intros Entire App Store Just for Messenger

Facebook is going all-in on Messenger. Today at its F8 developer conference, the company introduced an entire platform for developers to create standalone applications that integrate with Messenger.

Created to help people enhance their Messenger experience with images, GIFs, and videos, developers will upload these apps to a dedicated Messenger store. From there, users will be able to install these additional “experience enhancing” applications, then enjoy them with friends.  (more…)

Facebook Introduces Payments in Messenger, Available in “Coming Months”

Facebook introduced a new feature for Messenger users this morning – the ability for you to pay friends directly through the messaging service. Say your friend needs you to pay him/her back for the lunch they bought you yesterday. Once the service is available, you can link up a Visa or MasterCard to your account and quickly pay them back.  (more…)