Facebook Messenger’s new Group feature

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.

Secret Messages on Facebook?

You may have heard today that Facebook is going to soon start testing a new feature in its Messenger app that deletes messages after a period of time, challenging Snapchat as the lone force in that field of technology and communication.

I’m 22, but I have always preferred actual face-to-face conversations because there are things you can’t get on a Facebook message but even sometimes on a phone call. I have always loved getting and writing actual, physical letters in the mail as opposed to nice emails. I have always preferred at least a phone call but preferably even Skype or FaceTime to text conversations in general, but especially when it was about an issue that could really have some cool opportunities for personal growth if we at least heard each other’s voices.

So, for me as a young person, the news that Facebook is developing an app to make messages secret and disappear is exciting because it means that emotional conversations we had on Facebook when we thought that was our only option or even just stupid times could be erased. However, it makes me wish there were some way for us to start creating ways for basic, face to face communication to be the popular way to communicate or some way to make writing actual letters as cool as disappearing messages on a social media app.