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  • Facebook Messenger Update Brings Some Useful Messaging Functions


    Facebook introduced a standalone messenger application for iOS, which has the same basic functionality of the messenger function from within the Facebook application itself, only with some added bells and whistles. The application is free and can be downloaded from this link and requires a Facebook account to sign in and use.

    Today the application has been given a new update (version 1.7), which is free for all users new and existing. The update was released to improve the user interface of Facebook Messenger by adding some extra features to the way we interact with the person we are messaging.

    The first major part of the update has to do with the ability to see when the other person is typing (indicated by an ellipses, or three dots when the other user is typing), a feature that has always been able to use on the desktop version of the Web site, but not in the app. The other major part of the update gives Facebook Messenger the feature of showing the message sender when the reader actually reads the message with a read receipt. This is good because now we will know when our friend gets our message and is displayed by a check mark as shown in the example image above courtesy of 9to5Mac.

    Other additions in the new update include the ability to see where a message is sent from (assuming the other user has location services enabled for Facebook Messenger) and some bug fixes to improve the stability of the application. If you have Facebook Messenger installed, the new update is recommended for your own benefit. If you don't have the Facebook Messenger application installed and you use Facebook, be sure to give it a try.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Facebook Messenger Update Brings Some Useful Messaging Functions started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      I hate the other person knowing when I opened their message, because then it seems to pressure you into responding sooner. Since the app doesn't tell the other person how your really busy and only had time to look at it.
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gamemaster77 View Post
      I hate the other person knowing when I opened their message, because then it seems to pressure you into responding sooner. Since the app doesn't tell the other person how your really busy and only had time to look at it.
      Agreed 100% Yet another stupid move on Facebook's part...
    1. zrevai's Avatar
      zrevai -
      Better add an update to disable read receipts like every other messaging app!!!!
    1. Surge220's Avatar
      Surge220 -
      Another good reason to dump Facebook. It's been a little tough, but surviving

      I hate not having ABSOLUTE privacy control. And this will be another tweak that Zuckerberg has added to create drama amongst people, friends, relationships, etc. "You read my text, why didn't you respond?"

      Create a messenger tool...fine. Leave it at that.
    1. evolution83's Avatar
      evolution83 -
      While I can see where sending a read receipt can be intrusive, I actually like knowing when someone reads my messages. This way if the person doesn't respond I can call him/her on it.
    1. GreYFoXGTi's Avatar
      GreYFoXGTi -
      they know it reached your know but no read notification, it could have sat there on your phone for hours before u saw it
    1. ComputerMan's Avatar
      ComputerMan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Gamemaster77 View Post
      I hate the other person knowing when I opened their message, because then it seems to pressure you into responding sooner. Since the app doesn't tell the other person how your really busy and only had time to look at it.

      This mimics the blackberry messenger app in every way now!
    1. Paco's Avatar
      Paco -
      I just want to be able to tag people on the fb app.
    1. spooneditr's Avatar
      spooneditr -
      Quote Originally Posted by zrevai View Post
      Better add an update to disable read receipts like every other messaging app!!!!
      I have a feeling that someone will make an update or crack for that.
    1. xerray's Avatar
      xerray -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolution83 View Post
      While I can see where sending a read receipt can be intrusive, I actually like knowing when someone reads my messages. This way if the person doesn't respond I can call him/her on it.
      Which is exactly why so many people are against this, so that they can distance themselves from people like you