Facebook Messenger gets Message Requests to let you talk with anyone
Facebook has now started rolling out a new update for Messenger that brings Message Requests feature. The new feature is designed to let you talk with anyone even without knowing his or her phone number.
The arrival of Message Requests feature has replaced the “Other Folder” on Facebook Messenger that was only accessible from the Web and was available as a single place to store new requests that are sent from unknown users. This replacement has additionally brought the ability to let you connect with any of Facebook users. Moreover, it extends the Messenger access to almost all the 1.5 billion people who actively use Facebook every month.
“We truly want to make Messenger the place where you can find and privately connect with anyone you need to reach, but only be reached by the people you want to communicate with, David Marcus, Facebook Messenger’s chief, wrote in a Facebook post. “Now, the only thing you need to talk to virtually anyone in the world, is their name.”
You just need to type the name to connect with your favourite persons using Message Requests. When you receive a message from someone you’re not connected to, the message will be stored to Message Requests and a special notification will be provided at the top of your inbox. You can read the message without anyone knowing that you’ve seen that or can choose to reply even before adding the person to your friend list. Of course, you can also ignore the same message right after tapping the notification.
“While this may seem like a small change, it’s actually a foundational development,” Marcus added. It appears as a “foundational development” because the company is already on a move to expand and enhance the Messenger to take on other messaging clients like Google Hangouts, Skype and Viber among others.
Marcus explicitly said that the additional of Message Requests feature will not help spammers to send spam messages on Facebook Messenger as the company “will continue to ruthlessly combat”. Further, the new feature has no aim to adversely affect the growth of Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has over 900 million monthly active users as of now.
Back in July, Facebook had updated Messenger with an option to let non-Facebook users start using the messaging app on their mobile and computing devices. The company had also brought the ability to let you send money directly through Facebook Messenger.