Facebook Messenger Facebook Adding Messenger Feature to Increase Transparency

Facebook's messenger is becoming even more transparent. Now, users will be better able to see when you type and when you have read their messages.

Facebook's messenger is becoming even more transparent. Now, users will be better able to see when you type and when you have read their messages.

Facebook Messenger Facebook Adding Messenger Feature to Increase Transparency

This new level of transparency creates a dilemma for users who want to ignore awkward messages, or don't have the time for responding. If you read a message that has been sent to you, the sender will be able to tell whether or not you have already read it. It is obvious that this functionality could potentially serve to facilitate misunderstandings.

This entire functionality is based off of "read receipts", which will be accessible not only to individuals, but to users in a group-chat setting. Under a sent message, the names of the people presumed to have read it will be listed.

The update allowing for this new feature will be first released to Facebook's messenger application, and then to the website, and later to its default mobile apps.

Strangers to the Facebook application will not understand why there is a need for a "messenger" application in the first place. But messaging, in its text-message like chat form, is not available in Facebook's default mobile application. While messages can be sent from the app, they are more like email, and cannot easily be used for conversational purposes.

A lesser known fact about Facebook’s messaging capabilities is that users of Facebook do not need a smartphone to message on the fly. A 'dumbphone' is sufficient, if enabled with Facebook for the purpose of texting. So, if users are wary of other people seeing so much about their messaging antics, they could switch to messaging off of their normal cell phones. Facebook cannot tell whether or not users have read regular texts.

Source: PCWorld