Facebook Messenger

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Facebook Messenger is Facebook’s direct messaging feature on their website, and also a separate native application for iOS and Android that is known to provide meaningless wordy update summaries.

Why

Why use Facebook Messenger?

Facebook Messenger:

  • is device & OS independent, and
  • can be run on multiple devices simultaneously,
  • which makes it more flexible than SMS, and
  • more broadly supported than iMessage.
  • It also has a URL scheme for providing a one click contact button.

Criticism

Vague and generic updates explanations

Facebook Messenger, at least for iOS, seems to be updated quite often (weekly?), rarely for any specific reason, providing only a frustratingly generic and opaque update release notes like:

We update the app regularly so we can make it better for you. Get the latest version for all of the available features and improvements. Thanks for using Messenger!

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