Is it just me, or does the new messenger look like Skype?(newsroom.fb.com)

almost 4 years ago from Mike Abbot, Senior Digital Product Designer

  • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 4 years ago

    And I’m talking specifically about FB messenger and it’s relationship to other chat apps and WhatsApp. Not all users of FB use FB chat apps, and in particular the privacy conversation surrounds things like chat and photos, not all aspects of Facebook (people for example don’t seem to care about event privacy, yet that gets little to no design love).

    Anyway it’s clear you don’t want to talk about that, so why bother?

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    • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, almost 4 years ago

      Latest available usage statistics for Facebook Messenger alone report 1.2 billion monthly users.

      There's certainly a privacy conversation being had, but to suggest that Messenger doesn't matter because your circle doesn't use it is absurd.

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      • Mattan IngramMattan Ingram, almost 4 years ago

        It was a bit of a tongue-in-cheek reply in the first place, and you could easily have started with the Messenger user numbers and began a more interesting conversation instead of whatever this was.

        Considering there is always that one person who will only communicate through a different service, it forces people to occasionally use a chat app they don't normally use. For example I really don't like Google Hangouts and don't use it by choice, but since there is one small group of friends who will only use Hangouts, I am considered a MAU by Google. Same goes for Facebook Messenger.

        Another example of how such numbers can be misleading is what Messenger does when you friend someone on Facebook. Messenger pops up a notification as if it is coming from that person, but when you open the app it's just a prompt saying that you should start chatting with them on Messenger. Yet that process of opening the app and opening one conversation makes me a MAU for Messenger.

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