Facebook launches mobile messaging app

2011-08-10 08:30

Washington - Facebook launched a mobile messaging application on Tuesday for Apple's iPhone and Android devices.

Facebook engineer Lucy Zhang said Facebook Messenger can be used to exchange messages with Facebook friends but also with other people in a user's telephone contact list.

Zhang, in a blog post, highlighted Messenger's group messaging capability.

"When you're on the go, co-ordinating a bunch of people can be tricky, especially if plans change at the last minute," she said. "With Messenger, you can quickly start a group conversation and message everyone at once."

Facebook said Messenger also has location- and photo-sharing features.

"If you choose to add your location, the people you're messaging with can easily find each other on the map," Zhang said. "You can also attach photos, so everyone else can see and comment on what you're looking at."

Messenger integrates text messages, instant messages and emails.

Zhang is a co-founder of Beluga, a start-up founded by former Google employees that allows users to send group messages to family or friends.

Facebook acquired Beluga in March.

  • RobbedZombie - 2011-08-10 09:00

    An app that sends messages to other people, even groups? Wow, how incredibly mediocre, mundane and absolutely un-newsworthy. Maybe if it hasn't been done a million times before...

  • theo Bohnen - 2011-08-10 09:35

    Except you can't download it for South Africa, a point worth mentioning in the original article as it is sort of relevant...

  • neo_acheron - 2011-08-10 09:44

    But the old Facebook app on Android can already message and chat... Why make a separate app for to do exactly the same?

  • Rapier - 2011-08-10 09:47

    We need an APP on an APP on an APP on an APP now to top them all! :-)

      Agent Bastad - 2011-08-11 09:59

      [insert reference to lord of the rings here...]

  • niccyhdb - 2011-08-10 10:07

    well said theo.... NOT AVAILABLE in SA

  • Agent Bastad - 2011-08-11 09:47

    Maybe I should dust off one of my old facebook desktop apps and rewrite it for mobile...?

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