Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Facebook Messenger

If you use Facebook a lot and you are on a PC you may have noticed a little button by your messages asking you to install the Facebook messenger.  This is because on Monday Facebook released a new PC program (coming soon to Mac) called Facebook Messenger.  But what is it?  What does it do?  Do I need it? 

Well, at first I thought it would just be a simple instant messenger program.  Which would be kind of useless considering the fact that there is already so many options to do that on your computer.  Programs like Trilian and have been able to do this for a while.  But I had to download it and give it a try.  

If you've ever kept your web browser full screen then you've probably seen the new messenger set up that the website has, where you see a bunch of your most contacted friends on the side and it'll tell you if they are online or not while at the very top it lets you know what your friends are up to.  Well that is exactly what the messenger looks like.  

So why would you want this if it looks exactly like the website?  Well, if you are one of those people who is always on Facebook, then you may like the idea of being able to have that information there even when not on the website.  You can go ahead and dock the messenger bar on the side of your monitor and go ahead and do whatever else you want on your computer without losing your visibility to new messages or posts.  

I know a lot of times I'll say hi to someone on Facebook but then I remember I wanted to check something on another website but I don't know if this person is going to reply back or not so then I open the other website on another tab or window just in case.  Well with this I no longer have to worry about closing the Facebook window.  

Again it looks exactly like it does on the website, it kind of works just as bad also.  It's nothing amazing, it's just kind of convenient at times.  If you use Facebook a lot and enjoy chatting with people there a lot then I'd certainly say it's worth it.  Otherwise I'd pass on it and just use the one on the web browser, why have yet another thing running on your computer?  

Javier Torres
AnarchyLive.com