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Facebook Forces Messenger For Mobile Chat

Facebook will drop the chat feature from its main app and require users to download Messenger. You will have one week to make the switch.
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Laurianne
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7/31/2014 | 2:44:39 PM
Re: LinkedIn apps vs. Facebook apps
LinkedIn does not carry the rep that FB does with users for changing the interface/tweaking settings and now requiring additional apps. FB has asked users to digest much more UI change.
Kristin Burnham
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7/30/2014 | 3:22:41 PM
LinkedIn apps vs. Facebook apps
I talked to LinkedIn about its reasons for unbundling its main app into several others. It's POV: LinkedIn wants its apps to be simple with obvious use cases. A quote from the LinkedIn product lead:

"We look at our new apps as an a la carte menu. You may be using the Job Search app and Connected app because you want to warm up your job network while networking. Later, you might drop the Job Search app since you have a new job. We want to help our members create better ways to make lasting relationships happen."

That makes sense to me, but there is a big difference between what LinkedIn is doing and what Facebook is doing: LinkedIn's main app still features these capabilities, while Facebook's doesn't. 
Kristin Burnham
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7/30/2014 | 3:18:36 PM
Re: So What
I think that might be part of its reasoning. Stripping out the messaging feature makes its flagship app run faster and take up less space. If you don't use Facebook to message friends, that's great. If you do, run it separately. Still, though, keeping the feature in-app seemed to have worked well for everyone.
Kristin Burnham
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7/30/2014 | 3:15:46 PM
Re: are you seeing what I am seeing?
You can download it now and have a look. Would love to hear your thoughts later, too.
Kristin Burnham
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7/30/2014 | 3:14:38 PM
Re: Facebook chat speed
You won't notice it switching between apps. It's similar to moving from your news feed to a friend's profile. What would be useful is moving from Messenger to Facebook without needing to open the app. It works just fine Facebook > Messenger >Facebook, but not Messenger > Facebook.
SachinEE
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7/30/2014 | 1:06:33 PM
Re: are you seeing what I am seeing?
Facebook simply wants to prove to the world once more that it dominates the social media industry. Think about it; the facebook messenger that you have right now I bet it is working for you just fine but what about if you had this independent application, how fast and efficient will it be? I like this idea and I just can't wait for it.
majenkins
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7/30/2014 | 9:46:42 AM
So What
. . . we're continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages . . .

 

The key word in here is "if".  If you want to send FB messages from your phone, I for one do not.  I barely ever even sign onto FB on my desktop or laptop and don't have the FB app on my phone.  If something important happens someone will let me, if someone washes their hands or goes to the store, I don't really care.
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asksqn,
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7/29/2014 | 6:31:22 PM
Facebook: Fixing what isn't broken as job security
Yet another example of Facebook fixing things that aren't broken.  From what I've seen, any alleged improvements to the GUI almost always results in the exact opposite of what users prefer.   Given the on-going nuisances with the algorithm that keeps being perpetually reset in order obscure posts from pages that have not paid to play, the platform becomes increasingly irrelevant unless you have deep pockets. 
freespiritny25
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7/29/2014 | 5:53:38 PM
Re: Facebook chat speed
That's weird. I thought the speed of my Facebook messages was just fine. I can't imagine it working any faster than it already does. I guess that I will have no choice but to switch over.
Laurianne
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7/29/2014 | 3:38:08 PM
Facebook chat speed
I never noticed a speed problem with FB messages. I sure hope it's seamless because it seems inconvenient to need two apps.
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