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Facebook Messenger - Without Facebook?!?

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As part of increased efforts to make their Messenger service the go-to app for mobile communication, Facebook have released an update that allows users in some countries to download and use the app without the need for a Facebook account.

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Initially being trialled in the US, Canada, Venezuela and Peru, the update will allow use of the service via just your phone number, rather than requiring an account be created on the social network itself. Upon launching the app for the first time, alongside the usual login /signup screen users will be greeted by a message that reads: 'Not On Facebook?'. By selecting this option you will be able to sign up by providing just your name, phone number and a picture. Facebook are still recommending having an account on the main site, as it carries additional benefits such as easily connecting with friends (although I'm sure they would say that whether there were any genuine benefits or not).

This is an update that has needed to happen for a while. Facebook now hosts thousands, if not millions, of blank, unused accounts that exist purely so that their owners can make use of Messenger. By allowing users to bypass the social network it will help to de-clutter their site and services, further streamlining the network.

The move was likely prompted by reports than many users, particularly teens, are starting to drift away from Facebook, preferring to express their opinions and creativity on other apps such as Pinterest and Instagram. Now that a Facebook account is no longer mandatory it may well encourage more people to use the Messenger app alongside other, more favoured social networks.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. Currently working as Editor of Social Songbird, he hopes to one day drop that 'aspiring' prefix. Follow him @SamAtSMF

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Facebook Messenger - Without Facebook?!? Reviewed by Sam Bonson on Sunday, June 28, 2015 Rating: 5

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