Facebook on Tuesday debuted Facebook Messaging, a dedicated mobile platform for iPhone and Android devices that allows users to easily and efficiently communicate with their friends.
The program is a standalone application that allows Facebook users to send text messages between phones, while storing their conversations in a user’s messaging center for easy access both from their smartphone and from their Facebook page.
The program also rolls out group texting, allowing users to choose which Facebook contacts they want to contact while sending all of those users text messages at the same time, a perfect option for a night out on the town, party planning or possibly even for business use while out in the field.
The application was helped along by Facebook’s acquisition of Beluga, a mobile-based company that separated users into “pods” which would share text messages and images.
In celebration of the Facebook Messaging release company CEO mark Zuckerberg called the system “the modern messaging system” since it incorporates text messages, messages between users and private messages into the Facebook inbox, allowing for more messaging synergy, while created a Facebook based e-mail means users can even further integrate their messaging while archiving their messages on a trusted and reliable system.
If the program seems familiar it should, Google+ recently released “Huddle” which allows users to communicate in many of the same ways, however Facebook Messenger allows users to communication with traditional SMS, a feature missing on Google+ Huddle at this time.
Users can download the free application from the Google Android Market or through Apple’s App Store.
Give the application a try and let us know your first impressions. Given Facebook’s ability to tweak products after they arrive and the already well thought out structure of the program I expect it to be downloaded and used by millions of users in the near future.
I wonder what wireless company’s think about SMS going to the wayside? Perhaps they already predicted the move when they did away with unlimited data rates and started charging more for service.