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Old Jul 28, 2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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Facebook to Cut Messaging From Main App in Effort to Focus on Facebook Messenger




Facebook is planning to motivate people to download and use its standalone Facebook Messenger app by removing messaging capabilities from the standard Facebook mobile app.

Currently, users can chat through the Messages tab located on the bottom toolbar in the main Facebook app, but that tab will soon redirect users to download the Messenger app instead. When installed, a message received in the Facebook app will switch the user over to Messenger to chat, as it does now when a user has both the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps installed.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is making the switch so that it does not have to support two versions of Messenger, thereby improving both apps. Facebook gave TechCrunch an official statement on the upcoming changes:
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In the next few days, we're continuing to notify more people that if they want to send and receive Facebook messages, they'll need to download the Messenger app. As we've said, our goal is to focus development efforts on making Messenger the best mobile messaging experience possible and avoid the confusion of having separate Facebook mobile messaging experiences. Messenger is used by more than 200 million people every month, and we'll keep working to make it an even more engaging way to connect with people.
Facebook has already forced users in Europe to switch over to Facebook Messenger to send and accept messages.

Facebook for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Facebook Messenger for iOS can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Article Link: Facebook to Cut Messaging From Main App in Effort to Focus on Facebook Messenger
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 04:58 PM   #2
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... aaand I will stop FB messaging on my phone then.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 04:59 PM   #3
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they should remove the main app altogether and rewrite it
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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Dumb. I don't want two apps.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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Its about time - hate when I open the app all my friends try to start a chat. Good Riddins
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 04:59 PM   #6
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I guess I'll be sending people messages a different way then, and the fb app on my phone will get used less.

Good luck with that.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #7
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they should remove the main app altogether and rewrite it
They sort of did, it's called Paper. Speaking of which, I wonder if they will remove messaging from that app, too.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #8
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I'm fairly certain this is some of the oldest news I have ever read on this site, this was implemented a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, please do some research next time
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #9
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and strangely my iOS home screen bookmark started loading a white screen around the same time...
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #10
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Are they going to deliberately make me sad though?
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #11
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Looks like I won't be Facebook messaging anymore then. Oh well! Looks like it's just iMessaging and SMSing from then on.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #12
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Already use both apps. I would really like to see Paper on the iPad though.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:00 PM   #13
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Makes sense because IMO the Messenger app is way better than the in-app messenger.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:01 PM   #14
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They pulled this crap in the UK last month, leading me to removing the app altogether. I don't see the benefit for a casual user such as myself to have to install two apps to achieve essentially the same thing, and the mobile site does exactly what I need it to do.

Of course, it doesn't help that I despise Facebook, but just. can't. delete. my profile...
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haven't they already done this? and works perfectly btw...
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:01 PM   #16
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I don't think this is a smart move at all. It makes the Facebook app less useful and relevant. Meanwhile Facebook messenger is not going to stand up against other instant messaging options. I don't get this personally.
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I will simply not install message. once I get a message, I will either download the message for just 5minute to finish the conversation or go to the web version.

....simply because I hate the concept of having two apps that does the same thing.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:02 PM   #18
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Already use both apps. I would really like to see Paper on the iPad though.
paper on iPad would be really nice
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:02 PM   #19
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already stopped using Facebook, only people who do are either robots or kids who don't know any better.

facebook is a pile of junk, designed to funnel you adverts and spam and allow stalkers to basically intrude on your life.

This is another attempt to try and get you to use an another app to DOUBLE THEIR AD revenue. Two apps, whole new set of ads and sales prices. This is not a legit reason to split them apart.

DO NOT TRUST facebook.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:03 PM   #20
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Since I didn't think FaceBook should be able to tell me how many of their apps I had installed on my phone so they can push more and more ads at me, I simply don't use it for messaging when on the go any more. It's worked rather well as I spend more time enjoying the world.

All the important people in my life have iMessage anyway.

Not sure it was their intended effect but it worked for me.
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Translation.... No one used our messaging app because they'd use it within the FB app. So know we'll force you to use it.

I never saw the need for two apps that do the same thing. This story is news to me and I think the move is pretty stupid. IMO

At this point,why not make another app to post pics to your wall? Lol
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:05 PM   #22
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already stopped using Facebook, only people who do are either robots or kids who don't know any better.

facebook is a pile of junk, designed to funnel you adverts and spam and allow stalkers to basically intrude on your life.

This is another attempt to try and get you to use an another app to DOUBLE THEIR AD revenue. Two apps, whole new set of ads and sales prices. This is not a legit reason to split them apart.

DO NOT TRUST facebook.
I only use FB to keep in touch with people I met when I was working on cruise ships. Most of them are scattered around the world and not on Twitter, so FB is the only useful option.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:07 PM   #23
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I'm telling you, MacRumors writers are so funny, using the word "motivate" when the correct one is "force"
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:08 PM   #24
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I'm already forced to use FB and Messenger on my iphone. It's not intuitive, and I've noticed I am preferring to returning to texts or email since it kicks me out of the main app anyway.
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Old Jul 28, 2014, 05:10 PM   #25
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Less convenience? Nice.

I was a FaceBook user from 20052011. Have never regretted leaving. I'm certain that many of you would be surprised at how refreshing it is.
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