Facebook updates iOS Messenger with option to view Timeline, call friends, more

Facebook released an update today for its standalone Messenger app for iOS, which now includes links to view a friend’s Timeline or call their cell phone if it’s been shared in their profile.

The app also allows users to see when their friends were last active to better gauge when they might reply to a message. Like the Facebook for Android version released this week, Messenger 1.9 now supports emoticons in messages.

When users open up a conversation thread, they will see their friend’s name at the top of the screen. If the friend is not currently online, users will see a note about how many days or hours ago the friend was last active. This along with read receipts, which were added to the app in an earlier version, provide social cues to help users communicate more naturally via mobile.

Users can also tap on their friend’s name to pull up a window with the option to view the person’s Timeline or call their phone. Viewing Timeline will redirect the user to the main Facebook app. Clicking “call” will pull up the native phone app for iPhone. The main Facebook for iOS app received a complete overhaul on Thursday, with the app now running twice as fast.

Social Media 201

Mediabistro Course

Social Media 201

Starting October 13, Social Media 201 will provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining followers and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

 

Leave a Reply

Get the latest news in your inbox
interested in advertising with inside facebook?

Social Media Jobs
of the Day

Social/PR Manager

Small, hot SoCal ad agency
CamarilloCamarillo, CA

Content Marketing / Sales

Mediaplanet
New York, NY

Marketing Manager

True North Custom
Chattanooga, TN

Press and Media Relations Manager

Americans for the Arts
Washington, DC

Social Media Manager (Pleasanton)

Avanquest North America
Pleasanton, CA

Featured Company

Join leading companies like this one and recruit from the nation's top media job seekers on the Mediabistro Job Board. Every job post comes with our satisfaction guarantee. Learn More
 

Our Sponsors

Mediabistro A division of Prometheus Global Media home | site map | advertising/sponsorships | careers | contact us | help courses | browse jobs | freelancers | content | member benefits | reprints & permissions terms of use | privacy policy Copyright © 2014 Mediabistro Inc. call (212) 389-2000 or email us