Tech Thursday: Are we Facebooked Out? Try Facebook Messenger

In the mortgage banking industry, many of us use Facebook to connect with colleagues, clients, and prospects. And it’s safe to say we all use text messaging for the same purpose. Now, Facebook is making communication even easier with a brand-new mobile app to take the place of text messaging.

The new app, Facebook Messenger, is currently available for Android and iPhone. It allows users not only to send messages to their Facebook friends, but to any contacts in their mobile phonebook.

This new service will also allow Facebook users to send one-on-one messages as well as group chats, and will help users save time deciding whether to send out a Facebook message or a text message.

From Facebook’s blog announcing the new release:

Messenger is a separate app, so it only takes one click to get your messages or send a new one. Messages are delivered through notifications and texts, so your friends are more likely to get them right away.

The free app is available in the iTunes store and the Android Market. According to ZDNET, the app is a result of Facebook’s acquisition of group messaging service Beluga about five months ago.

Personally, I think Facebook Messenger will become a big deal, especially with the younger demographic which seems to be obsessed with all the features of Facebook. Personally, I will be sticking with text messages or a simple phone call if I need to get in touch with someone. I am not 100 percent sure I am backing this new app, and feeling “Facebooked out” might be a bit of an understatement.

In Facebook terms, I won’t be pressing the “like” button on this app anytime soon.

But enough about what I think. Tell us what you think! Is Facebook Messenger going to eliminate text messaging, or is it just a fad that will blow over soon?

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