Facebook Messenger App Gains Read Receipts, Location Information

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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."

    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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  2. drummerdude1390 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2011
    no way to disable read receipts? They are going to get a lot of complaints for that one.
  3. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    Having none of that. App now deleted. poof!... gone.
  4. macmastersam macrumors 6502a

    Sep 14, 2011
    Essex, england
    The reviews section for this app will be interesting...
  5. kylebshr macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2011

    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.
  6. sn macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    hell no. deleted the Facebook app yesterday, may as well go the whole hog and get rid of this too now.
  7. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2009
    Mokena, IL
    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.
  8. SilentLoner macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    Totally agree
  9. Flitzy Guest

    Oct 20, 2010
    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?
  10. burnout8488 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2011
    Endwell, NY
    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.
  11. filmantopia macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    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.
  12. wikus macrumors 68000


    Jun 1, 2011
    Planet earth.
    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.
  13. iSayuSay macrumors 68030


    Feb 6, 2011
    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.
  14. deannnnn macrumors 68000


    Jun 4, 2007
    New York City & South Florida
    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.
  15. Regbial macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2010
    I agree but... Remember the human being is weak-hearted... When someone doesn't respond people start worrying.
  16. Kid A macrumors regular

    May 1, 2008
  17. DocAlge macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2006
    Agree, who really wants this. Emails are already destroying us ...
  18. Flitzy Guest

    Oct 20, 2010
    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...

    That sounds more of a problem with the person not the program. If someone annoys you THAT much, why are you communicating with them?
  19. sulpfiction macrumors 68030


    Aug 16, 2011
    Philadelphia Area
    After reading some of the app reviews, it seems read receipts isn't working anyway.
  20. marku5 macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2010
    got rid of it almost two years ago!

    and I'm quite happy without it.... :)
  21. filmantopia macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2010
    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.
  22. praktical macrumors regular


    Mar 12, 2012
    Oklahoma City Oklahoma.
    facebook messenger app

    really now. yet i think the Facebook app for iPad needs a ton of work.
  23. mcfmullen macrumors member

    Feb 6, 2012
    The person would harrass you about the message whether or not they know you read it, so what's the difference?
  24. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    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
  25. Prof. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    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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