Coming soon to Facebook Messenger: More ads (CNET)

CNET: Coming soon to Facebook Messenger: More ads. “Your Facebook Messenger home screen may no longer be just an inbox for messaging friends. Facebook’s dedicated messaging app will be extending its beta test of ad placement on users’ home screens globally, building on successful tests in Australia and Thailand, according to the company’s blog post.”

Digital Trends: In Case You Missed That LOL, Facebook Messenger Video Now Has Emoji Reactions

Digital Trends: In Case You Missed That LOL, Facebook Messenger Video Now Has Emoji Reactions. “Video chats inside Facebook Messenger are starting to look a lot like, well, the rest of Facebook. On Monday, the social media platform launched several special effects inside Messenger’s video capability, including emoji reactions, camera filters, and masks that respond to movements and facial expressions.”

Beth’s Blog: 5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

Beth’s Blog: 5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact. “In my last post about nonprofit bots, I discussed the big picture of automation in the nonprofit space and what I learned from the ‘The Beth Bot’ experiment. For this post, I did a landscape scan to identify some of the best examples of nonprofit bots. (These examples use Facebook Messenger, but bots be deployed other platforms or apps.)”

CNET: Opera’s new browser lets you chat on WhatsApp while you work

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

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.”