The system known as Facebook Messenger has now been around for 10 years. The folks behind the Messenger app and the “Messaging Products” on Facebook reminded the world this week that behind-the-scenes text and media sending has been publicly available for a full decade this week – it’s a birthday ! As such, the company is taking the opportunity to launch new features and attempt to keep all of your family in the fold.
New Messenger Features
Messenger has launched a new Facebook Pay (put your money where your Facebook is) feature called Birthday Cash. This system appears when you have a Facebook Pay account and see a birthday post in your Facebook news feed or on a friend’s profile. Basically, it is very easy to put money on Facebook and in turn send it to a friend. The connection to Messenger is in the notification – you will have it there.
There is also a new birthday chat theme in Facebook Messenger now, with a specially curated “Messenger is 10!” sticker pack. The images above are from this pack. There is a new Birthday Balloon 360 background this week and a new Birthday AR effect available. And a new Soundmoji birthday song, and a new messaging effect in Messenger. So, assuming you are celebrating a birthday in Messenger in the near future, you have a choice.
Facebook is also launching a new feature called “Poll Games” on Messenger. To play this game, open a group chat, tap Polls and select the ‘Most Likely To’ tab to choose a question. It’ll be fun for the whole group – or they’ll hate it – anyway, it’s there!
This is the right time for a change
After a decade of Facebook Messenger, if you’re still using the chat app and trusting Facebook with your information and media, you’re probably stuck. Chances are, your family and / or friends are only using this service and moving on seems like too much of a chore.
If by any chance you’re willing to switch to another chat app with indeed the same functionality but more privacy promise, take a look at Telegram. This is not a paid promotion or any sort of junk like that – Telegram is just the app that I personally use and trust to communicate with family members and friends outside of the text and SMS – that’s a good thing.