Facebook Messenger is a terrific app that’s available for both iPhone and Android devices, and it makes it possible for users to chat with their Facebooks friends while on the go. Of course, if you’re near a computer, you can still use Facebook’s web chat interface and message platform, but we find the mobile app to be a lot more intuitive, and here’s why.
Facebook Messenger has been around for a couple of years now, but it wasn’t until recently that it became even more useful with Windows Phone support and the addition of a dedicated Groups tab for group messaging. Plus, it’s absolutely free and available on iTunes and Google Play.
Here’s why Facebook Messenger is superior to Facebook’s web chat and messaging platform, as well as the default Facebook mobile app.
Facebook Chat, Wherever You Go
While you can only use Facebook Chat when on a computer, Facebook Messenger extends that capability to mobile devices, allowing to chat with Facebook friends while you’re away from a computer and on the go. This is especially helpful if you want to continue a conversation, but need to head out for some reason (or the other person needs to relocate).
Of course, typing is a lot easier on a full-size keyboard, so the web interface is perfect for those wanting a full keyboard, but the ability to be mobile while still being able to chat with Facebook friends is a huge benefit to have.
Better Interface, Less Bugs
One thing I love about Facebook Messenger is the user interface; it’s simple, clean and easy to use. The same really can’t be said for the web interface. It seems like Facebook changes constantly every few months, and consistency is hard to come by when using the Facebook website. Plus, the separation between Facebook Chat and the Messages platform can be confusing for a lot of users. Facebook Messenger simply combines both platforms to make it easier to use.
Facebook Chat on the web is also full of bugs. Plenty of times I’ll mark a message as read, but it still shows up as unread whenever I come back to Facebook later on. I’ve never had this issue on the mobile app, and I’ve never come across any kind of bug on the app in the first place, making it a great app to use without a lot of aggravation.
Potential Text Messaging Replacement
Facebook Messenger is a lot like other IM apps out on the market, like Google Hangouts, Yahoo Messenger, etc. The best part about these apps is that you can use them to replace traditional text messaging. If you have Facebook friends that you chat with constantly, it saves you from paying for extra text messaging from your carrier.
Of course, most cellular plans nowadays come with unlimited text messaging, so most users won’t be nailed with overages if they text too much, but since Facebook Messenger sends chats and messages over WiFi or 3G/LTE, it’s much faster at sending and receiving messages than traditional text messaging.