Facebook testing chat rooms feature for Messenger


Facebook has been caught testing public chat rooms for its Messenger app in Australia and Canada. Rooms is a bulletin board-style feature designed to let users engage with people outside their Friends circle on the grounds of a dedicated topic.

According to product manager Drew Moxon, the new chat feature was made to prevent you from being annoying to your friends with interests that they don't share. Although Messenger users can already create groups, they are limited to being private conversations between friends.

To the contrary, Rooms is about topic-based conversations where people can talk to others with common interests. But Rooms can be made private as well, so that new users must be approved by an administrator.

It's unclear when the new feature will see a wider rollout, but when Facebook is done testing it with Austrialian and Canadian audiences, it's likely to open it up to other countries as it moves along.

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6 Comments

1. Dreamboat

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

So 10-15 years later were just back to msn chat

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

More like mIRC!!! It's pretty cool how technology bounces back and forth. Phones used to get smaller, than they started getting bigger, now chats going back too!

2. aashis.sapkota

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Well, I still remember yahoo Chat rooms and those Cyber cafes during my school days. I am talking about a period 12-15 years ago.

4. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Yahoo messenger was really ahead of its time but it's just a pity that the company Yahoo is no more.

5. adonis92

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 13, 2016

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6. aljololzz

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 07, 2016

its fun when you don't have anything else to do :D

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