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Facebook spent time chatting about Messenger bots at its F8 2017 developer conference. New bots from Spotify, Western Union, Mastercard, and Rue21 had some of the coolest features features we saw.
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Doesn’t matter what you and I think. If Facebook likes what the competition is doing, it’ll copy them without any shame. We’ve seen it before. We’re seeing it again. We’ll see it in the future. An update for Facebook Messenger copies a feature from Instagram, which actually copied the feature from Snapchat. It’s an odd […]
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If you’re a Facebook user, head over to Messenger and check out what just might become your new favorite chatbot. Its name is Missiobot and it allows you to speak (sort of) with Pope Francis.
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Facebook has updated its Messenger platform with a number of great new features — including the ability to now pay them for goods and services. This should make it far easier to place orders through Facebook.
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Privacy has never been Facebook’s strong suit, but the company is making strides to improve on that with their latest feature in Messenger. You’ll soon be able to talk about sensitive topics with friends and family on Facebook Messenger with extra peace of mind thanks to heavily encrypted conversations. Facebook is calling this the ability […]
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Potentially ideal for anyone that loves Facebook Messenger and has friends that hate using Facebook, the chat platform has restored SMS support on its Android app, allowing users to communicate with their friends outside of the social network.
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For those of you who communicate using Facebook Messenger and are subscribed to the music streaming service Spotify, you can now share favorite songs and playlists seamlessly.
Facebook has been improving its Messenger application over recent months by including new functionality. Some of which include the ability to pay through the app and call an Uber car when on the go. Now you’ll be able to share songs and playlists from your Spotify account to your friends and family through Facebook Messenger directly. The capability has already been implemented into Facebook’s Messenger application and requires no update. Both Android and iOS apps include the new feature.
Spotify already has a way of its own to share music with others using Email, SMS, and WhatsApp. However, being able to share from the Facebook Messenger application without having to go into Spotify is a big plus. For Facebook this will offer more monetization opportunities and for Spotify it means easier sharing than competing music streaming services. Hopefully for Spotify users will notice the capability and consider it when choosing a music streaming service to use.
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Yahoo Messenger has been completely redesigned. It not only looks different, but adds tons of new improvements such as Flickr, Tumblr, and Xobni integration.
What is cool about integrating other services into their messaging app is you can do things like send hundreds of Flickr photos at a time. If sent in a group chat, these photos will appear in everyones conversation right away. You can even download the photo in its full resolution.
Another cool feature is unsending messages. Once you click “unsend”, the message will disappear from not only yours, but other peoples chats too. However, if you are happy with what you wrote, others can “like” your comment, photo, or GIF image.
Speaking of GIFs, rather than sending an emoji, why not send a GIF? In Yahoo Messenger you can search for the perfect GIF to send right inside the app. The images are pulled from Tumblr, so there will be no shortage of content.
Everyone has heard of a contact list, but have you heard of Smart Contacts? Smart Contacts not only knows the names of people, but also their relationship to you and others on your list. This is great for adding people to group chats as it will already know who might need to be added. Also, anyone in a group can add another participant, change the name of the group, or even change the group photo.
All of this sounds like a lot going on, but do not worry, Yahoo Messenger is fast! Doing things like syncing conversations between Yahoo Messenger on the Web, in Yahoo Mail and your smartphone happens almost in real-time.
Finally, you can even use the app when you are offline. Write whatever you want, or send any picture you would like, and your messages will be sent the second you connect back to the internet.
The new Yahoo Messenger is available globally today on iOS, Android, on the Web and in Yahoo Mail on the desktop.
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