Facebook Messenger is a popular software designed and developed by Facebook. Facebook, which is one of the world’s biggest tech companies is based in California, U.S.A. Easily identified as a social media and social networking service company, Facebook is reputed the social network with the highest number of users globally by Statista. Facebook was founded on February 4th, 2004 in Cambridge Massachusetts by five individuals namely Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin. Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
Our rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
👍🏻 The good
- Instant messaging
- Lot of users
- It’s free
- Video and Voice calls
👎🏻 The bad
- Battery draining
Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging application for Facebook. This software operates a proprietary license operational on virtually on all internet connected devices. Its initial release was on August 9th, 2011. This software is compatible with Android, iOS, and PCs (most especially Windows). It can also be accessed via its website here.
About Facebook Messenger
Facebook Messenger is a chat and messaging platform. This software is integrated to work with the Facebook platform. Therefore, as Facebook is used for connecting people, friends and families, etc. Messenger is a new development aside from the messaging interface accessible on the web platform. Although it was initially developed as Facebook Chat in 2008, it has since undergone subsequent developments. Presently, Messenger is a standalone application that works devoid of the Facebook app. This means therefore that it has Facebook on it, Facebook fully integrated.
Facebook released the Android and iOS supported software version of the Messenger in August 2011 and has since then released supported versions for other operating systems. Just like Facebook, Messenger has a website interface for effective communication. Latest versions of the Android and iOS apps were released April 1st, 2019 & March 26th respectively while the Windows version’s last update was on January 6th, 2018.
With Facebook Messenger, there is effective communication between friends and families, businesses and customers. This application has a lot of amazing features to this effect. You can send messages, pictures, videos, audios, documents, etc. on Messenger. As a new way of making conversations more interesting, stickers, emoji, gifs are also readily available. You can react to messages using the like, happy, sad emoticon as seen on Facebook News Feed.
Facebook’s messaging platform, Messenger, has readily been improved on over time, and lots of amazing features are available on the application. These includes:
Facebook’s Full Integration
As explained earlier, a Facebook user can readily sign into Messenger with having to download the Facebook app. For instant messaging on the Facebook app, the user would be redirected to an app store to download the Messenger app. However, the same user without the Facebook application can send and receive messages by signing in to his/her account. Also, you can check out the profile of the person you’re chatting with by clicking profile.
Ability to Sign-Up
As a new development from Facebook, users can now create accounts without necessarily having an email. With a valid phone number, you can create a Facebook account to connect with your loved ones. This sign-up feature is also available with the Messenger app. The details needed for registration include Name, Phone Number, Password, Gender, and Age.
Make Audio and Video Calls
Calling has been made more efficient with Messenger. Now, users can make free, unlimited calls with other users. There are two features available namely, audio, and video calling. With this, conversations are made more effective. This features also supports group calls. Therefore, you can have a conference call for your team, group of friends, etc. with the Messenger app. This group calling feature takes on a maximum of 50 persons.
This feature allows Facebook users to send payments to others. Although this feature is available only for U.S. users, Messenger is used for transferring money. It can also be used to make group payments.
Messenger allows for multiple accounts to be added on the app. Therefore, if you have more than one personal account, i.e., private, business, etc., you can easily log on both accounts using the same app.
Funny Stickers, Emoji, and Gifs
There are stickers for every mood to make chats more interesting. Messenger allows users to make a reaction to messages with the use of an emoji. There are Gifs available in the platform which helps promote engaging conversations with the use of text pictures.
Messenger allows its users to have public and private conversations. This feature works using the Signal Protocol. In this mode, users can send “self-destructing” messages which are permanently removed from the platform with time.
Messenger allows users to share location to facilitate a meet-up with friends. To do this, tap on the ‘Location’ button.
Several games like Pac-Man, Space Invaders are integrated on the platform which is asynchronous through high scores than directly simultaneously.
Pros and Cons
- Instant Messaging: This system allows users to send and receive messages with a fast internet connection.
- It is Free: Usually, SMS costs a few bucks per message likewise MMS. However, with internet data, every Facebook user can send texts, pictures, make business transactions, etc. at no cost.
- Audio and Video Calling: This app makes calling much more effective. You can start audio conversations or video meetings with the application.
- Privacy: User information is stored on the Facebook database. Thus, all messages are not kept private. Between 2018 and 2019, there have been recurrent situation reports where millions of Facebook user data was leaked.
- Large Space: Owing to a large number of features on the application, the file size of Messenger is large (about 70 MB).
- It is Battery Consuming: This software functions in the background and thus affects battery life.
Messenger which started as “Facebook Chat” in April 2008 was later developed by the company to produce the iOS and Android app in March 2011. Three years later, a Windows version of the app was released in March 2014. An optimized version for iPad was also released four months later. The website interface was also introduced in April 2015. Also, to build a separate version with a reduced feature set, the Facebook Messenger Lite was introduced.
Although Facebook released a version for Windows 7 systems in 2011, the version was discontinued in 2014. You can download the version for these devices here.
Facebook Messenger is compatible with all mobile devices, i.e., iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone, etc. Also, for perfect functionality, adequate space is needed on storage. It also has a website interface which is accessible via internet browsers.
Messenger is a social messaging platform which aids effective communication. This application is free to use and depends on an internet connection to function. It has inbuilt calling service that allows users to make audio and video calls. It has inbuilt stickers, gifs, and emoji to express oneself better in chats. You can send pictures, videos and important documents. It also allows users to have group conversations.
Operational on Android, iOS, Web and Windows Phone, Messenger has over 1.2 billion users. It can also be used to carry out business transactions and make payments. As revealed by statistics, Facebook Messenger is the most employed instant messaging platform. As revealed on its website, Facebook allows developers to learn and improve on the application by creating a developers community.