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Facebook vows to simplify Messenger in 2018

Facebook vows to simplify Messenger in 2018

Facebook is expected to clean up its Messenger application this year after it admitted that its design has become too cluttered.

David Marcus, Facebook's vice president of messaging products, writes in a blog post that the company has added a lot of capabilities to Messenger over the past couple of years in order to set it apart from the competition. "A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven't", Mr. Marcus wrote.

No wonder Facebook had to release a Messenger Lite for Android which only offers the basic messaging functionality for users in emerging markets. While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered. David shared all this in a note on his Facebook Timeline titled "Six Trends for 2018: What to Watch from Messenger". It's nice to see that the company is focusing on simplifying the service and looking at data to figure out why and how its users are utilizing Messenger and then trying to streamline that as much as possible.

Aside from this promise to pare back on Messenger's bloat, Marcus says that 2018 will bring a larger focus on things like real time communication, group chat, and Messenger as both a customer service and marketing tool.

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"I predict visual messaging will fully explode in 2018; people will expect a super fast and intuitive camera, video, images, GIFs, and stickers with nearly every conversation".

Facebook has been loading more and more features into Messenger, so much so that there are probably a few Messenger tricks you didn't even know about. It seems that we're going to have to wait and find out just what Facebook plans to do in its quest for a simpler, lighter Messenger.

Considering Facebook's massive user base, it isn't surprising that Messenger is widely used.


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