Facebook Messenger’s Latest Update Makes It Even Harder To Ignore Friends

Facebook Messenger’s Latest Update Makes It Even Harder To Ignore Friends


Learning from Apple’s iMessage instant-messaging service, Facebook over the weekend updated its Facebook Messenger app for both iOS and Android with support for sent and read receipts.

Launched last August to mild reaction from its users, Facebook Messenger plays on the “chat” aspect of the social network by further isolating the feature into its own separate application.

Making it perhaps even harder to ignore those you may wish not to speak to, the latest version of the messaging app now shows you when your friend has read your message — piling on that pressure to reply.

Of course, it’s hardly surprising Facebook has implemented these user receipts. After all, what better way to get people to use your chat service than to guilt them into thinking the other person is waiting for a reply?

This version also includes the ability to text your friends for FREE(using your existing data plan), reach friends wherever they are “now” (either via their phone or the web), and see where your friends are messaging you from, using their device’s location data.

Facebook Messenger 1.7 is available for download from both the iTunes App Store or Google Play, dependent on your mobile OS of choice.