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Old May 4, 2012, 04:24 PM   #1
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Facebook Messenger App Gains Read Receipts, Location Information




Facebook has updated its standalone mobile messaging app, as it tries to make messaging more modern. The Facebook Messenger app has gained read receipts, which tell senders when their messages have been read, as well as providing the senders location information. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is trying to make mobile conversations "feel more real."
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Product Manager Peter Deng tells "SMS has been around for 20 years, built it was for these T9 phones. We're focused on leveraging all the capabilities of today's devices to create a new messaging experience." He also says these are just the start of app updates designed to make mobile conversations feel more real, as if you had body language cues and more to go by.



Unlike iMessage, which requires that read receipts be explicitly turned on by the receiver, Facebook doesn't provide a way to disable read receipts -- but the company will let users hide their location.

The updates are going mobile first, showing up first in the standalone Facebook Messenger apps, and will eventually move out to the Facebook mobile app and the web interface on Facebook.com.

Facebook Messenger for iPhone is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

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Old May 4, 2012, 04:28 PM   #2
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no way to disable read receipts? They are going to get a lot of complaints for that one.
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Old May 4, 2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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Having none of that. App now deleted. poof!... gone.
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Old May 4, 2012, 05:16 PM   #4
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The reviews section for this app will be interesting...
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Old May 4, 2012, 05:25 PM   #5
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Updated?

The read receipts are new, but in the old version, there was already location... I haven't updated and I can see it right there.
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Old May 4, 2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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hell no. deleted the Facebook app yesterday, may as well go the whole hog and get rid of this too now.
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Old May 4, 2012, 06:13 PM   #7
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Facebook, for the love of God, please just put a few hours into making your main app something better than the horrendous piece of crap that it is now.
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Old May 4, 2012, 06:30 PM   #8
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Facebook, for the love of God, please just put a few hours into making your main app something better than the horrendous piece of crap that it is now.
Totally agree
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no way to disable read receipts? They are going to get a lot of complaints for that one.
Why? What is the big deal?

Obviously you KNOW who ever you're sending a message to is going to read it - why is it so bad that confirmation is posted to the message?

Are you somehow *surprised* that the person you sent a message to read it?
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Old May 4, 2012, 07:12 PM   #10
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Why? What is the big deal?

Obviously you KNOW who ever you're sending a message to is going to read it - why is it so bad that confirmation is posted to the message?

Are you somehow *surprised* that the person you sent a message to read it?
I don't like getting a message, having the other person informed that I read that message, then getting another one from them asking if I'm going to respond. I'll respond when I can! I've got it disabled in iMessage for that reason.
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Old May 4, 2012, 08:50 PM   #11
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I would never ask someone "why aren't you responding". If someone is giving you a hard time about responding then in most situations they're just failing at understanding basic online-social principals. It should be understood that you can read a message and not have to immediately respond.
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Why? What is the big deal?

Obviously you KNOW who ever you're sending a message to is going to read it - why is it so bad that confirmation is posted to the message?

Are you somehow *surprised* that the person you sent a message to read it?
Do you like being hassled by others?

Person X: Hey, whats up? <--- Seen by Person Y
Person X: Hey, you didn't reply, whats up? <--- Seen by Person Y
Person X: What the hell, reply! Whats up? <--- Seen by Person Y
Person Y: WHAT!?

Some of us like our privacy and distance from others.
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To be fair, with or without read receipt, a sender could still be annoying. Maybe it's not just "why you didn't reply" nagging question, but when you dont have read receipt, for whatever reason sender could also get impatient and instead ask "have u received my message?"

I dont see read receipt as an imposing risk for annoyance or privacy. Sms dont have this and it still can be annoying at times.
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Ugh, I hate read receipts. I frequently don't respond to texts/Facebook messages right away when I'm busy, but I do read them right away. It's not because I dislike you, but you're going to think I'm ignoring you when you see that I read the message.
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I would never ask someone "why aren't you responding". If someone is giving you a hard time about responding then in most situations they're just failing at understanding basic online-social principals. It should be understood that you can read a message and not have to immediately respond.
I agree but... Remember the human being is weak-hearted... When someone doesn't respond people start worrying.
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Old May 5, 2012, 04:18 AM   #16
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who requested this feature? stalkers?
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Agree, who really wants this. Emails are already destroying us ...
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Old May 5, 2012, 07:34 AM   #18
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I don't like getting a message, having the other person informed that I read that message, then getting another one from them asking if I'm going to respond. I'll respond when I can! I've got it disabled in iMessage for that reason.
You know they can do that anyway, right?

"Hey, did you read it?"

And how is getting one message the worst annoyance in the world? Don't want it? 'X' out and you're done....

The Internet wasn't made for hermits living in seclusion, you know...


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Do you like being hassled by others?

Person X: Hey, whats up? <--- Seen by Person Y
Person X: Hey, you didn't reply, whats up? <--- Seen by Person Y
Person X: What the hell, reply! Whats up? <--- Seen by Person Y
Person Y: WHAT!?

Some of us like our privacy and distance from others.
That sounds more of a problem with the person not the program. If someone annoys you THAT much, why are you communicating with them?
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After reading some of the app reviews, it seems read receipts isn't working anyway.
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hell no. deleted the Facebook app yesterday, may as well go the whole hog and get rid of this too now.
got rid of it almost two years ago!

and I'm quite happy without it....
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I agree but... Remember the human being is weak-hearted... When someone doesn't respond people start worrying.
I understand that we must accommodate the physically disabled and other forms of human diversity, but I will not make my life less convenient for the "weak of heart". I read your message and have not yet replied. Just deal with it, seriously.
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Old May 5, 2012, 09:13 AM   #22
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really now. yet i think the Facebook app for iPad needs a ton of work.
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Old May 5, 2012, 09:13 AM   #23
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The person would harrass you about the message whether or not they know you read it, so what's the difference?
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Old May 5, 2012, 10:09 AM   #24
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cool. thats why i love whatsapp. when people dont respond to something really important and they go like "omg so sorry i just read it" you can be like mmmh liar, i see that u were online 3h ago
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Facebook, for the love of God, please just put a few hours into making your main app something better than the horrendous piece of crap that it is now.
Agreed! I'm lucky if the fb app loads over 3G or wi-fi. The app has almost been rendered inoperable. It's faster to load the desktop version over 3G nowadays.
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