We have been wrapped up in the society where the easiest way of messaging is the norm:
WhatsApp, Viber, Hangouts and Messenger just to name a few. Messenger being the most popular and most downloaded messaging app these days, is slowly making its evolution through various of updates that users may find beneficial.
You can now say “bye” to your default SMS messaging because it is now integrated to your Facebook Messenger. According to Facebook’s website, instead of using a separate messaging app for SMS conversations you now have the option of including these texts in the Messenger app. SMS messages will appear in purple while Facebook messages will appear in the traditional blue. This feature isn’t available as default in order for you to apply and activate this you must go to SETTINGS menu in the Facebook Messenger app, tap SMS and then enable Default SMS app.
Facebook Messenger now allows you to sign in different accounts using your own Messenger app through its feature “Switch Account” which means you can allow your friend to sign in his/her account to your phone to check for messages
and people who use the social networking platform for work purposes may find this a great help for they will be able to switch between their professional and personal accounts with much greater ease. (if they have two different accounts)
And now, Facebook Messenger has started rolling out its new feature, the “Secret Conversations”. This sound very controversial by just reading its name.
So what’s with this Secret Conversations?
Based on a certain blog spot, Facebook said that users want an additional safeguards when it comes to their conversations perhaps relating to discussions about private information like an illness, health issues or sending financial information. To enable you to do this, Facebook Messenger has begun the test for the ability of the app to create a one-to-one secret conversation that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. So meaning to say, the messages are intended just for you and the person you’re talking to, not anyone else including the Facebook team. In secret conversations, Messenger will allow users to set an expiration date for a message so that it won’t be visible in the conversation forever e.g your account information. Let say you choose your message to appear only for 30 minutes after the set time, the message will vanish from the devices of all users in the chat. So far, there are only few things to note regarding this Secret Conversation:
a. It is optional. Users wanted Messenger to work when you switch between devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone
b. Secret Conversation do not support rich content such as GIFs and videos, making payments, or other popular Messenger features.
Secret Conversation is indeed an unusual yet incredible update for every messaging app. However, there were some users who were still clueless about the advantages of this new
feature. Some find it a snag in regards to one’s relationship but whatever it is, I believe that these will all be given a solution since Secret conversation are still on a test and gathering more feedback from the users.