In a bid to increase privacy among groups of users accessing its site, Facebook was experimenting with a semi-anonymous social network. While the feature turned out to be a failure, the company has rolled out multiple features after the recent project. Facebook Messenger has now rooms that pop up in the Messenger’s application. The new feature is now as Rooms and has been released only to users in specific markets. Facebook made the release quite limited as a test, trying to observe if the messaging platform could encourage broader public conversations on specific topics.
Recent news and information revealed that Facebook was already experimenting with multiple Rooms on the Messengers app. Back in September, the company had a code within the Messenger app that referenced to the feature used by the firm name. The code further offered an explanation of how the rooms were set to work. The rooms work for several reasons, meant for public conversations and topics that interest several users. Each room comes with a link which can be shared by anyone on the messenger application.
The flexibility with the new feature allows users to create their rooms. Room members can perform several other functions such as invite members, set a nickname for the group, approve new members or configure notifications for the rooms. Facebook spokesperson stated that the rooms were a test, just a small section and did not comment further.
The Facebook rooms have now been increasingly launched to a wider scale of audiences in Canada and Australia. These countries are the principal places where social networking trials mainly due to their English-speaking users. According to Facebook, the feature is different from group chats as it focuses on talking about specific topics. Group chats, on the other hand, are usually joined by friends and family that users engage with frequently.
There are other Rooms set to operate as private to improve the features. These rooms allow others to join only when the administrator approves them. The rooms are going to work well for large Facebook groups connected by a common interest. It will help connect people focused on a specific interest about an individual subject. People will start sharing things they want to discuss via messaging instead of the formal structure through the Facebook Group.