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 jumped into the mobile payments game back in March when it introduced payments through Messenger. At the time, they would only acknowledge that the service would launch within a few months, but that all changes today. Facebook Messenger users in the US can now send money to their friends and family and
drug dealers acquaintances. (more…)
Facebook Messenger no longer requires a Facebook account to sign up and use for those who reside in Canada, United States, Peru and Venezuela. Upon opening the app, all you need is a phone number, name, and picture. From there, you can chat with all of your buddies on Facebook, with you not even needing an account. Clutch. (more…)
Facebook introduced changes it is making to Location Sharing within the Messenger app today, bringing a more customized experience for what exactly you are sharing. Before, when you wanted to share your location, you just shared a basic pin on a map with where you were. Now, you can set a meeting place, send a map with directions, and plenty more. (more…)
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…)
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 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…)
Facebook caught a lot of flack for divesting Messenger from its app a few months back, but that apparently was not enough to deter the company from doing more of the same. Today, Facebook announced a standalone Groups app. (more…)