Although WhatsApp is the most widely used messaging app on the planet with over 1,000 active users a day, Facebook is just above it as a social network and just below it, its Facebook Messenger messaging app.
Although the trio belongs to the same person, the illustrious Mark Zuckerberg, the reality is that they compete fiercely with each other and there is even speculation that Facebook Messenger may one day take the throne away from him.
There are many reasons for this: apart from allowing us to talk to people individually or in groups, either by chat or video call, its functions are many and varied, even surpassing WhatsApp in this respect.
Here are some of its features that you probably did not know about:
You don’t need a Facebook account
In its aim to be something independent of Facebook despite its name – which is more of a hook to gain user loyalty and acts as a complement to the social network – , Facebook Messenger can be used without requiring a Facebook account . All you need to do is add your phone number.
If you join your Facebook account to sign up for Spotify , you can use Messenger to share tracks with your friends. Simply click on the “+” icon in a chat and click on the Spotify option that appears.
Protect your privacy
Privacy is important and Messenger knows it, so encrypt your chats . As soon as you open a conversation, click on options and select secret chat. You can even check the option to make your messages disappear by clicking on the clock icon.
With Facebook you can organize events , well, with Facebook Messenger you can do the same. To do so, within a chat, click on options and select “Start a plan”. You will only have to enter the date and time. The same for group chats.
You can play games on Facebook Messenger by clicking on the joystick icon in the lower right corner of the screen. Although there are no big news, you can hang out with classics like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and the mythical Snake. Plus, you can play alone or with friends.
Like email services, Facebook Messenger has its own filter to prevent spam messages. You can find it in the phone book icon at the bottom of the screen.
Nicks and themes
Although the default appearance of Facebook Messenger is blue, you can change it when you open a chat. Just click on options and change the color. It’s not a big change, but it’s something. You can also change your name for both you and your friends.
Messenger Day is almost the same as the Snapchat Stories , allowing you to share photos and videos with a duration of 24 hours. Just click on “add to your day” or on the circle at the bottom of the screen and take a photo or record a video.
Facebook wants you to start using Messenger for business , so you can have a conversation with one of the thousands of bots out there. This is a feature that you can access by clicking on the search bar at the top and looking through the list of suggestions, or by searching for a company such as Domino’s pizza.
Another little detail is that Facebook Messenger allows you to edit emojis by simply clicking on them to resize them.