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Offline News  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:17:15 PM(UTC)
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Facebook warned us this past spring that it would soon be getting rid of the ability to message others through its primary mobile app, and now, it updates us to let us know that the feature is really on its deathbed. Transition to Facebook Messenger, or else.

Since Facebook's launch, the service has become a lot more than just a news feed. There are many who now make use of the service to keep in direct contact with others, even preferring to go that route rather than to stick to email. It's for reasons like that why Facebook so badly wanted to separate the messaging component from the main app, and in turn create a dedicated app. For some, having to navigate through the main app first isn't ideal, when quick messaging is the goal.

Nonetheless, I personally believe that Facebook shouldn't force this transition, because not everyone (including me) wants to have two separate apps for the same service. I have enjoyed having a singular app that lets me both browse the main feed and message people, and if at all possible, I'd prefer to keep it that way. Requiring a separate app isn't a major deal, but when I don't feel like I need it, it kind of rubs me the wrong way.

With competing apps, including Facebook-acquired WhatsApp, the company's goals are understandable - but again, I don't see the point of forcing the hand of those who might not like that design. Oh well - as I said above, "Transition to Facebook Messenger, or else."

The actual final date for the transition seems unclear, but if you want to retain messaging capabilities, there's little reason to hold out any longer.

Offline NathanMeters  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014 6:16:26 PM(UTC)
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oh thank GOD!

Offline JasonBolla  
#3 Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014 6:42:38 PM(UTC)
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You could always just use the browser version of it on your phone. I used the app for less than a day way back when, then decided it was awful and started using the mobile browser. They won't be forcing it on you there.

Offline thabusdriv3r  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:21:45 PM(UTC)
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Sure, I'll transition to it if I have to. I guess that's another process that's going to be running in the background of my phone. Oh that precious RAM.

Offline WilliamRepkieJr  
#5 Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:38:46 PM(UTC)
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would be great if i had the space on my phone for it, but alas i do not, im maxed out.....

Offline NickRefriKing  
#6 Posted : Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:26:43 PM(UTC)
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I don't use any of their stupid apps I just use FB on the browser, and messaging works fine on there.

Offline Rosec14  
#7 Posted : Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:46:54 AM(UTC)
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I haven't heard of this messaging app, I might actually download it. The Facebook mobile app for iOS is just shy of useless. At least this way I might be able to message people.

Offline LLeCompte  
#8 Posted : Wednesday, July 30, 2014 4:28:15 PM(UTC)
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I use tinfoil, which basically uses the mobile website inside the app. Much better than the stock facebook crap app. I already use messenger so it isnt that big a deal but this is silly. Why force people to use a whole other app?

Offline StaticFX  
#9 Posted : Wednesday, July 30, 2014 9:49:09 PM(UTC)
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my wife will be pissed... she hates change lol


 

Offline WendellBeverly1  
#10 Posted : Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:55:44 PM(UTC)
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I'm rapidly becoming an un-fan of Facebook. It has gone from a convenient way to find and get in touch with people to a marketing tool that spams me with ads and "suggestions". I get that they need to make some money to keep something of this size going but it's outta control.

Offline RonaldSmith  
#11 Posted : Friday, August 1, 2014 2:24:55 PM(UTC)
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I would use the facebook apps but they are such power drains on the phone. And I refuse to use them.

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