Mashable: Facebook just brought all your notifications under one roof. “Facebook’s latest tweak goes beyond just the social network itself — instead, the Facebook team is looking to bring its whole family of apps closer together.”
CNET: Opera’s new browser lets you chat on WhatsApp while you work. “Opera today introduced a new browser that integrates messaging apps to its sidebar. Codenamed Reborn, the browser lets you chat with friends through Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram on a side window while you work on the main browser. Other apps such as Viber and WeChat are not yet included in the support, although the company tells CNET it is working to make them available soon.”
TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger hits 1.2 billion monthly users, up from 1B in July. “Normally adding 200 million users in 8 months to a product that already has a billion would reduce the average engagement, but most apps don’t have Facebook Messenger’s network effect. Now with 1.2 billion monthly active users, ‘we increased engagement massively in terms of number of messages sent per active user. We had double-digit growth percentage-wise’ Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus tells me.”
Quartz: You’re about to help Facebook understand how your private messages make you feel. “The social-media company is now poised to add a new level of precision to their data-collecting engine: Reactions in Messenger. Facebook users will soon be able to give thumbs up, thumbs down, and a variety of other smiley-face-based reactions to individual messages, much like the reactions on public Facebook posts.”
500ish Words: ShatChat:
The opposite of an ode to Facebook ‘Messenger Day’. “Unlike most of the internet, I don’t tend to be one of those people who hates new features when they roll out simply because they’re different. There are exceptions, of course. But for the most part, I try to keep an open mind and often like many new features and fully recognize that even if I do not, any fervor over such changes is likely to subside quickly in the ever-shifting quicksands of internet time. Which is to say, I gave ‘Messenger Day’ a few days. I still absolutely hate it.”
TechCrunch: Facebook Messenger Day launches as a Snapchat Stories clone for making plans. “Today Facebook is globally launching Messenger Day to put a utilitarian spin on the slideshow format. While Snapchat Stories is for retelling what you’ve done, Messenger Day’s ‘Who’s up for?’ filters and Active Now indicators help you find friends to chat and meet up with.” One day I hope someone writes a book about Facebook and Snapchat.
TechCrunch: As Messenger’s bots lose steam, Facebook pushes menus over chat. “Facebook’s Messenger bots may not be having the impact the social network desired. Just yesterday, online retailer Everlane, one of the launch partners for the bot platform, announced it was ditching Messenger for customer notifications and returning to email. Following this, Facebook today announced an upgraded Messenger Platform, which introduces a new way for users to interact with bots: via simple persistent menus, including those without the option to chat with the bot at all.” Reminds me of when Facebook opened stores for Facebook pages…