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Offline News  
#1 Posted : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 10:44:04 AM(UTC)
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It's been quite the year for Facebook's Messenger app. Prior to the summer, a lot of people didn't even know it existed - myself included - but come summer, everyone was handed a deadline: Transition, or lose messaging capabilities. At the start of August, Facebook stuck to its word, and disabled the messaging capability in the main app, leading to a revolt - thousands took to Apple's App Store to give the app a 1-star rating. At that point, it seemed like maybe, Facebook would backtrack on this whole forced transition thing. It didn't, and look at where the app is now: It enjoys half a billion users. Well, I use the word "enjoys" loosely.

I was one of those people who didn't want to transition. I just felt no need. Now, after having used the app since August, I can honestly say that my opinion hasn't changed. I'm still being forced to use two separate apps, when one was fine. And to make matters worse, I've been having an issue on my tablet where there's a broken link between the two apps; hitting a notification doesn't lead me to the Messenger app, even though it should. Instead, it does nothing, forcing me to open up the app manually.

Aside from that, I suppose I can admit that the app has gotten the job done. It looks good, at least, and I haven't encountered any issues while using it. Not that it matters any - I have no choice in whether I want to use it or not, and unfortunately, many people rely on Facebook to message nowadays. The forced transition might not have been great for users, but it sure benefits Facebook, and that's really all that matters, isn't it?

Offline DanJChiccino  
#2 Posted : Tuesday, November 11, 2014 11:50:27 PM(UTC)
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I hate including myself among the half million.

Offline CliffVincent  
#3 Posted : Wednesday, November 12, 2014 12:37:39 AM(UTC)
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the what service?

Offline MartinTalamantes  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, November 12, 2014 1:01:20 AM(UTC)
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They did force people to download it...

Offline RJeffries  
#5 Posted : Wednesday, November 12, 2014 4:51:56 AM(UTC)
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If you uninstall and re-install the app, you will see that the messenger is still there for a short time and I refuse to install the separate messenger app! Facebook is already too intrusive and updating everyday it would seem, I'm using it in the Mobile Chrome Browser until I fully transition to Google Plus or Ello when I get my invite!

Offline kactuscrow  
#6 Posted : Monday, December 15, 2014 4:36:44 AM(UTC)
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I understand that older smartphones have the inability to update the chat app. Here in turn, deeming it useless. How anyone else heard of this?
Offline StaticFX  
#7 Posted : Tuesday, December 16, 2014 1:40:28 PM(UTC)
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i think if the phone can run the app, it will work properly. Most smartphone can run any messenging app just fine and can update (notify).. so it should work
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