UPDATED: Facebook to shutter messaging in flagship app, push for Messenger

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Facebook has been prompting mobile users to invite their friends to download Messenger, but now it appears that soon there won’t be a choice.

Facebook has confirmed to Inside Facebook that Facebook has plans to remove the messaging feature from its flagship mobile app and force the use of Messenger if users want to send messages from their phone or tablet:

Today we are starting to notify people that messages are moving out of the Facebook app and over to the Messenger app. To continue sending messages on mobile, people will need to install the Messenger app.

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Facebook to close unpopular email service

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Facebook is doing away with its email service, the company announced Monday. Previously, the company had controversially listed an “@facebook.com” email address as a Facebook user’s default email address. Emails sent to that address would go to the user’s message box.

But now, Facebook is phasing this out — because of a lack of participation.

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Is Instagram Direct Facebook’s attempt at Snapchat?

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Instagram Co-Founder Kevin Systrom validated a rumor Thursday morning, confirming that Instagram is adding direct messaging. Through a feature called Instagram Direct, users can send photos and have private chats with one or more friends.

Many people felt that this was Facebook’s way of integrating a key feature of Snapchat, which reportedly rejected a $3 billion offer from the social network. However, there’s still a major thing that sets Snapchat apart from Instagram, even with this messaging ability.

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Report: Instagram to add messaging?

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One of the features Instagram has been lacking is a messaging platform. According to GigaOm, that could come by Christmas. The site’s sources tell them that Facebook could integrate messaging into its popular photo and video sharing app, possibly by the end of the year.

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Report: Facebook to add Graph Search to iOS app, update Messenger

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Facebook is reportedly planning on bringing Graph Search to mobile, starting with iOS, according to 9to5Mac.com. The site reported Wednesday that Facebook will soon release a major update to both its native iOS app and Messenger.

The report suggests that Facebook is testing two versions of Messenger for iOS — one which looks similar to Apple’s native messages feature and another one (which will more likely be released) heavy on white space and fitting with the iOS 7 design.

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Product Designer Chris Kalani leaves Facebook

ChrisKalaniProduct Designer Chris Kalani, who was instrumental in the design of Facebook Messenger, as well as Graph Search, follow and friend lists, has decided to leave the company. Kalani, a Facebook employee since February 2011, announced his departure in a public Facebook post.

Kalani’s final day was Tuesday, he wrote:

I really wanted to start this post off with something that would elicit a laugh or a gasp, but I’m just going to get to the point; Today is my last day at Facebook.

I am incredibly grateful for everyone who has made this experience so amazing. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t received that canned recruiting email from Bobby Goodlatte back in 2009. It took a couple years of convincing but eventually I joined the company. I knew it was a once in a lifetime opportunity but I didn’t realize how big of an impact it would have on me. This place has shaped me as a designer and as a thinker. It’s changed the way I look at the world and brought some of the most influential and best friends into my life.

Leaving all of that behind is going to be tough. But I’m ready to go out there and see what I’m capable of on my own. Hold onto your butts…

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Facebook to launch country level MAU and DAU metrics

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Facebook is giving advertisers and marketers a wider level of understanding by rolling out country level monthly active user (MAU) and daily active user (DAU) metrics — both for desktop and mobile. This will be a vital source for companies who want to discover more about their userbase in other countries.

Facebook notes that more than 128 million people in the U.S. use Facebook on desktop (and more than 101 million on mobile). In the U.K., roughly 24 million use Facebook on desktop every day, and that’s nearly matched on mobile (20 million). Facebook wants businesses and brands on Facebook to understand more about how people engage with their ad campaigns throughout the globe.

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Facebook stickers designer leaves company

SophieXieShortly after Facebook launched stickers for desktop chat, news circulated that it lost one of the minds behind the popular messaging feature. TechCrunch and AllFacebook reported that Sophie Xie, the designer who started the sticker craze at a hackathon, has moved from Facebook.

According to TechCrunch, Xie left Facebook to work on a bespoke hyper-local location app. She had been a Facebook employee since 2012, and bringing stickers to desktop was her final project.

Stickers have been a craze in Asian messaging apps, but Facebook brought them to its network earlier this year. The super-sized emoticons started out as an addition for iOS, then later were added to Android. Tuesday, Facebook announced that desktop chat users can send stickers to friends.

Readers: How often do you send stickers?

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Facebook stickers now available in desktop chat

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Stickers, a popular messaging function in Facebook’s mobile applications, are now available in desktop chat. Facebook announced the arrival of stickers on Tuesday, with a message popping up in the chat module that users can now attach a fun sticker to their conversation.

To access these stickers (which are popular in Asian messaging apps such as Line and KakaoTalk), click the smiley face in the text box. Then, a menu will appear with sticker options. Users can also easily visit the sticker store to access other sets of stickers, including the Despicable Me 2 stickers Facebook recently released. All Facebook stickers are currently free.

Stickers were added to the Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps for iOS and Android in the spring, but this is the desktop debut for the super emoticons.

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Message Systems announces renewed partnership with Facebook, continues using platform for messaging products

messagesMessage Systems has announced that it has renewed its relationship with Facebook. Message Systems develops software that powers complex email, text and cross-channel operations. Facebook will continuing using the Momentum platform for its own messaging products. Working together since 2009, this is the first time the companies have announced their partnership publicly.

Prior to its use of the Momentum platform, Facebook used its own open source platforms to distribute messages, notifications and emails. With the Momentum platform, Facebook is able to deliver faster performance on less hardware. By opting for more efficient software, they are able to leave less of a carbon footprint and create a more reliable, repeatable process.

As the largest digital messaging platform by volume, Message Systems is responsible for 20 percent of email shared on the internet. It has also stated that Facebook is responsible for around 7 percent of emails sent across all inboxes. The Momentum platform has been able to grow with Facebook’s rapidly growing infrastructure. The implementation of the Momentum platform has helped Facebook drive down data center costs.

George Schlossnagle, president and CEO of Message Systems also adds in the press release, “The Momentum platform has proven that it can scale to handle Facebook’s high message volumes, and also provide the kind of flexibility Facebook requires to meet evolving technical challenges. We look forward to working together with Facebook in the years ahead to continue to help them meet their messaging challenges.”

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