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Focus on simplicity: Facebook is redesigning the Messenger

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For its 1.3 billion users, Facebook Messenger 4 isn’t a drastic redesign. Users will first notice that its tabs have been pared down from nine to three.

Each tab invokes a different screen:

  1. Chats: the inbox where you manage your conversations with friends
  2. People: at the top of that screen is a carousel—now supersized
  3. Discover: a new way for businesses to start a conversation with Messenger users [source]

“This is a new foundation that will give us the ability to start building way faster, way better and way more powerful features,” says Facebook’s head of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky

  • There are currently 10 billion messages sent between people and businesses each month.

In a short statement, Chudnovsky said that the refreshed design is meant to integrate all its new features in a less complicated way, while also paving the way for new features, like the upcoming “dark mode.”

“We either continue to pile on, or we build a foundation that will allow us to build simplicity and powerful features on top of something new that goes back to its roots”, Stan Chudnovsky

Messenger was born as a simple way for Facebook users to send messages to one another while they browsed it on the desktop. It was in 2014 when Messenger has become a mobile app.

Like in many other cases, Facebook executives took notice of the outsized success that China’s WeChat had in becoming a digital wallet and identity system, and set about trying to mimic it. Mission possible!

Daniel Marton

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After 3 years as a radio reporter (back in 2003), Daniel has experienced some other options that media can offer: 2 years as a special reporter (print), 2 years as a news commentator (tv), 2 years as an editor-in-chief (online) plus another 5 years as an online manager (digital). Since 2016, he is a freelance journalist, delivering documented articles and creative ideas for any kind of media. Ever since then, Daniel joined the iCEE.fest family, as a contributing editor for iCEE.news.

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