Facebook Messenger has more than 800 million active monthly users; more innovation planned for 2016


Facebook announced today that Facebook Messenger has more than 800 million active monthly users. The company added a lot of new features to the service last year, making it faster and allowing subscribers to send stickers, GIFs, live video, photos and even money to friends, family and co-workers. No longer is a Facebook account required to use the Messenger service.

Messenger users can now customize conversations by using colors, nicknames and emoji. The location of a Messenger subscriber can be more easily shared, and businesses using the service can profit by engaging in more personal relationships with customers using the platform.

David Marcus, VP of Messaging Products, revealed that Facebook has started testing "M," a digital personal assistant which is powered by "human-trained AI." Marcus might have given us a glimpse into the future of the app. "At Messenger we’re thinking about how we can help you interact with businesses or services to buy items (and then buy more again), order rides, purchase airline tickets, and talk to customer service in truly frictionless and delightful ways," says the executive.


Facebook posted an illustration (call it a mini infographic if you'd like) that lists all of the changes made last year, and some of the trends it looks to explore in 2016. 800 million monthly users benefit from the changes made last year, and we expect millions more to enjoy the innovations that will be made in 2016.

source: Facebook via WindowsCentral

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10 Comments

1. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I hated it at first, but because Facebook is forcing us to install, I was between stop using Facebook or downloading this... So I had to download it.

2. tonyv

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

facebook is super shady. after that article was published about them having a backup plan should Google remove them from the Play Store, on top of them releasing botched apps on the Play Store to see if people would ditch them or figure out a workaround to enable them to still use their services, they are certainly not trusted by myself. super super shady stuff. if people think their personal conversations through messenger are safe from prying eyes, they need to wake up. i wouldn't send any sensitive information through that app. ever.

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

no message is safe in this digital world and anyone think's so is a fool

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

i love the app, one of the best message app's i have ever used,

5. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Wow.. like it isn't because of the fact that people can't view their messages on their phones unless they download Messenger? Let's be real here guys, Messenger can never get to the level that Whatsapp or any other messaging apps that don't force people to download them have ever achieved.

6. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

And I'm not one of them!

7. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

They wouldn't be bragging about these numbers if they didn't shove this bloat down everyone's throat.

8. RajRicardo

Posts: 486; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

Stupid thing keeps draining my battery.

9. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

It is true that they made us download messenger by force. But in my experience, it works better than Viber and Whatsapp. It is like, somebody forcefully inserted a spoon of chocolate into your mouth; you liked it but you hate the way you received it.

10. durrav

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Too bad it has to be Greenified on Android to not drain the battery, which stops the notifications to go through.

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