Many Upset By Facebook Inc Plan To Insist On Separate Messaging App

That’s not to say that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) messaging is going to stop any time soon despite the company acquiring WhatsApp for $19 billion in February. It simply means that those that are interested in continuing to use Facebook messaging will need to download its independent Facebook Messenger app.

Many Upset By Facebook Inc Plan To Insist On Separate Messaging App

Facebook users don’t like change

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) users like to complain. Every time the company chooses to rework News Feed or other features, either for desktop or mobile, it’s inundated with bitchiness and complaints. For that matter, my News Feed is inundated with complaints from “friends” when something is changed, never mind that this often happens when a change is largely thought of as a positive change by me or other tech journalists.

Those same friends that swear off the world’s largest social network and promise that they will leave the site, rarely if ever leave. Rather, they remain and continue to complain.

These complaints may have something in them this time. Homescreen “real estate” is a valuable commodity for smartphone users, and even “phablet” users are limited. The idea of needing two separate apps to connect to the same social network is a touch infuriating.

But it’s better

But what if it makes both the standard Facebook mobile app and Facebook Messenger better? Because that is indeed the plan. “Once the while process is complete, we expect the core apps to be faster,” said the spokesperson.

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) said its Messenger app is a faster and better experience than the messaging feature on its main app. The company also said that users get responses 20% quicker through the Messenger app than its main app.

If you already have both apps installed the change is a moot point. Presently, you’re able to send messages through Messenger and once both are installed the Messenger app becomes the default app. That, however, is changing. While the roll-out won’t happen immediately, it is coming and its coming soon. But, it won’t come as a surprise as the Menlo Park-based company intends to send a number of notifications to its users before D-Day.

While Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is doing its best, expect the company’s competitor, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR), to carry the load of customer complaints.

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Brendan Byrne
While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala. To contact Brendan or give him an exclusive, please contact him at

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