Hold on to your seats as you read that Facebook announced it is now possible to connect to Messenger without having a Facebook account.
The announcement should make those reluctant to join the social media website give a second thought to joining one of the largest messaging platforms boasting an entire array of exciting features.
Never wanted the stress connected to a Facebook account, but wanted to keep up with your friends and their conversations? This is your chance. Facebook’s move is meant to tap more into the potential of Messenger.
So, as of now those who live in the U.S., Canada, Venezuela and Peru have the opportunity to join Messenger with only a few details duly typed in the boxes corresponding to last name, first name and phone number.
There it is. Now, you can enjoy conversations with your friends, multimedia messaging and group messaging, as well as video calls at the touch of a fingertip.
It seemed impossible before to dissociate Facebook and its messaging app, Messenger. Now, the company announced that keeping this bond exclusive is hampering Messenger’s growth, which only since March counts 600 million users. And why wouldn’t the rest of people who do not own a Facebook account enjoy all the array of Messenger apps.
At the F8 developer conference, Facebook announced that over 40 apps are in the pipeline for Messenger. Not bad for what started as another chat application and has grown into almost becoming everyone’s default chat application.
Dissociating the necessity for Facebook accounts from Messenger is a smart move. The perks presented by Louis Boval, Facebook engineer:
“People can easily message with their Facebook friends and contacts, access their Facebook messages and take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets”,
can now easily be accessed from the web as well, through Messenger’s own page, messenger.com.
The chat app seems to become increasingly an entity by itself. Since people can now join Messenger without the Facebook account, a feature was built-in to sync phone contacts and connect.
Of course, there is also Whatsapp which was purchased by Facebook for 19 billion dollars during the previous year. Yet, Whatsapp remains a stripped down chat application, useful and friendly but counting only 800 million active users on a monthly basis.
The number, revealed in April is slightly higher than that of Messenger. Nonetheless, with the new move, an increase in monthly users numbers is bound to be seen for the more complex and entertaining Messenger.
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