Facebook Messenger debuts a new look focused on improving navigation

 Facebook Messenger is getting a new look. No, it’s not getting rid of its Stories feature, Messenger Day, but is instead making a series a smaller changes to the way the content on its home screen is organized in an effort to speed navigation and help you pick up where you left off on your last […]

Facebook, Messenger and Instagram unite with cross-app notifications

 Facebook’s family of apps are moving in together. Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are each testing a feature that shows notification counters from the other apps and lets you instantly switch between them. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Bing now serves up bots from Facebook Messenger, Slack, and other chat apps

Thousands of Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype, Kik, and Telegram bots can now be found by searching Bing.com, a source familiar with the matter has informed VentureBeat. Bots in dozens of categories, including travel, entertainment, sports, and news, can be surfaced by entering a phrase like “travel bots” or “entertainment bots” into the search box on […]

Facebook's Rolling Out Messenger Games to All Users, Adding New Games Features

Facebook’s rolling out its Messenger Games platform to all users, and adding in some new gaming features. Social Media Today RSS

Facebook Messenger rolls out Instant Games worldwide

 Facebook is sidestepping the app stores by now allowing everyone to play no-download HTML5 “Instant Games” inside of Facebook Messenger. Launched in the U.S. in November, Instant Games are now globally available with 50 titles to play, from Pac-Man to 8 Ball Pool. Read More Social – TechCrunch

Zynga launches Words With Friends for Instant Games on Facebook Messenger

Zynga is starting to bet big on Instant Games, the instantly playable games on Facebook Messenger and iMessage. And today, the company is launching Words With Friends for Instant Games on Messenger. The game takes advantage of the newly announced rich gameplay features for Instant Games, which are based on HTML5, the lingua franca for […]

Facebook sidesteps Snapchat by launching Messenger Lite in over 100 more countries

 Facebook is aggressively pursuing the international and developing world markets Snapchat hasn’t prioritized. Facebook Lite recently hit 200 million users, and Instagram just rolled out offline mode for Android. Now after launching Messenger Lite for Android in five countries in October, it’s expanding to 150 more, including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the… […]

Mastercard, MoneyGram unveil financial services for Facebook Messenger

If you followed the stream of announcements from Facebook developer conference F8 this week, you’ll have heard about the launch of Facebook AR Spaces, Messenger Platform 2.0, and tech being developed that gives people the ability to think and feel words. Perhaps lost among the flurry of announcements were the Chance the Rapper concert, Mark Zuckerberg Jesus, […]

AI Weekly: Facebook launches Messenger Platform 2.0 and open-sources Caffe2 deep learning framework

Here’s this week’s newsletter: Discovery is the number one issue bot makers told Facebook Messenger they wanted addressed, said Messenger engineering manager Mikhail Larionov. That’s certainly what VentureBeat has heard from bot developers, and now — a year after the launch of the Messenger Platform — Facebook has launched version 2.0 at its F8 conference. And it’s […]

Facebook Announces New Messenger Tools at F8, with a Focus on Bots

Facebook has announced a range of new Messenger tools, with a renewed emphasis on boosting bot adoption. Social Media Today RSS