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Facebook Forces Users Worldwide to Download messenger For Mobile Chat

Posted by Amanda(Yueqi)Zhou on July 29, 2014

In a few days, Facebook will stop allowing messaging in its main iPhone and Android apps and force all users to download its standalone Messenger app. Facebook first notified its European users of this decision in April, 2014.

Previous version of Facebook’s main apps always enable users to chat with others and users have the option to download the Facebook Messenger app. Soon, all users of Facebook apps will have to switch between different apps so as to chat with friends.

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Facebook explained for this change that they wanted to avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences and they would rather make Messenger a standalone app with a more focused experience.

As Facebook does not want much press attention, the company does not publish a blog about the change; instead, Facebook will notify its users directly.

Facebook Messenger is getting more features these days. Users can share videos and photos in a Snapchat way. From a commercial perspective, it is important to make each app unique and focused. However, this move may result in a backlash in the short-term, as this decision does not take users’ opinions into considerations. Users can always choose other SMS messenging tools to replace Facebook messenging function, such as Whatsapp, Snapchat and VIber.

I personally don’t like the feeling that someone force me to do something and I will go for other options, if any. I think Facebook’s move to make Messenger a standalone app is smart and necessary, but it does not show respect for its users. What do you think of this issue?

 

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Facebook Forces Users Worldwide To Download Messenger For Mobile Chat

 

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4 Responses to “Facebook Forces Users Worldwide to Download messenger For Mobile Chat”

  1. I am not a fan of this decision. I don’t like switching between apps. I agree that I feel forced to make a decision. Over a few months, most Facebook users will adapt to the change. I remember Facebook users upset at the timeline and slowly likely the cleaner appearance.

  2. I just now saw you that you blogged about this too, whoops.

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