Messenger

  • Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook Tests SMS Integration In Messenger, Launches Support For Multiple Accounts

    Facebook says it’s testing a way for users to receive, read and respond to their SMS-based conversations in its Messenger application for mobile devices. The feature, which would be optional if broadly rolled out, could help to shift users away from their default texting application and see them increasing their time spent Facebook Messenger instead. Also new is added support for… Read More

  • Nielsen: Facebook Remains The Top App Of 2015, But Messenger Was The Fastest-Growing

    Nielsen: Facebook Remains The Top App Of 2015, But Messenger Was The Fastest-Growing

    Facebook this year continued to hold the number one position as the top app installed on U.S. smartphones based on the average number of unique users, according to a new report out this week from Nielsen, but its mobile messaging application clocked in as the fastest-growing app of 2015. Having foreseen the shift from more public social networking to private communications, Facebook… Read More

  • Fb Messenger’s Facial Recognition “Photo Magic” Reminds You To Send Friends Photos Of Them

    Fb Messenger’s Facial Recognition “Photo Magic” Reminds You To Send Friends Photos Of Them

    We are busy and lazy, so we forget to send friends the photos we take of them. But Facebook Messenger‘s newest feature Photo Magic scans your newly taken photos with facial recognition, and immediately notifies you with an option to send pics to friends that are in them. The test is rolling out in Australia today on Android and later this week on iOS, before reaching other countries… Read More

  • Mobile Messaging For Marketers 101 Crunch Network

    Mobile Messaging For Marketers 101

    If you’re a consumer-brand marketer, you’ve no doubt given thought to running a marketing campaign or having a presence on a mobile messaging app. After all, every consumer is increasingly using mobile messaging as their portal to mobile. It’s sticky and lends itself to repeat sessions, boasting the highest retention and engagement rates of other apps on average. So if… Read More

  • Facebook Poaches Another PayPal Exec: Christina Smedley To Run Messenger Comms

    Facebook Poaches Another PayPal Exec: Christina Smedley To Run Messenger Comms

    When David Marcus joined Facebook last year from PayPal to run its Messenger business, many people speculated that it would herald the social network getting much more serious about payments and commerce in general. Now the company has poached another exec from the business that recently spun out from eBay: Christina Smedley — who had been PayPal’s VP of global brand and… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger For Apple Watch Officially Launches

    Facebook Messenger For Apple Watch Officially Launches

    During Apple’s keynote in September, they announced that Facebook Messenger would be coming to the Apple Watch, as long as you’ve updated to watchOS 2. Well, it’s here. You can now share things like voice clips, likes and stickers from your Apple Watch. From my experience, little interactions like this are what works best on the Watch. I’ve found that as soon as I have… Read More

  • Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App

    Facebook Is Adding A Personal Assistant Called “M” To Your Messenger App

    We’d been hearing rumblings that Facebook was working on an “assistant” within Messenger (along with others), but today we’ve gotten the details that pull it all together. This puts the company squarely in competition with Apple, Google and Microsoft in the digital personal assistant space. In a Facebook post, Facebook Messenger lead David Marcus spoke a bit about… Read More

  • Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger

    Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger

    Everyone wants to be free and standalone. Remember when Facebook Messenger got its own site that maybe people use but we’re not sure because they don’t talk about it? Google Hangouts wanted some of that action, too. Starting today you can go to http://hangouts.google.com to make a phone call or ping a friend: Interestingly enough, the product hasn’t broken away from the… Read More

  • It’s Your Fault Email Is Broken Crunch Network

    It’s Your Fault Email Is Broken

    As an email startup CEO, I hear it every week. “I hate email. Email sucks. Why can’t anyone fix it? And why would you want to spend your life working on something everyone hates?” Email is an obvious target for blame, since we collectively send 183 billion of them every single day. But blaming email is like shooting the messenger (or shooting the envelope, rather). Read More