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Mark Zuckerberg has a plan to take over the entire world. We all thought that Google would become our supreme leaders, but Emperor Zuck has a much better chance. Why? Because he has us using Facebook Messenger 21 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Need To Try Right Now 21 Hidden Facebook Messenger Tricks You Need To Try Right Now Facebook and various partner apps are making Messenger even more powerful, and there are now dozens of really interesting things you can do directly from Messenger itself. Take a look at these! Read More to run every facet of our lives — and we’re handing over all of our information to him How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? How Bad Are Those Facebook Messenger Permissions Anyway? You've probably been hearing a lot about Facebook's Messenger app. Let's quell the rumors and find out if the permissions are as bad as they claim. Read More in the process.

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I have to admit right off the bat that I use Messenger too. But only sparingly. I am more of a Skype person myself. 7 Skype Bugs That Microsoft Could Have Avoided 7 Skype Bugs That Microsoft Could Have Avoided Have you been struggling with Skype? The latest update was full of bugs again. Microsoft released a fix. Still many issues remain. What's the beef you have with Skype? Read More But when I do use it, I can see the advances being made, and where Facebook intends to take it in the future.

It’s inspiring to see Facebook Messenger’s potential, but also a bit scary to think how it could eventually dominate how people use the Net. You might be put off by all of the features it has, but you have to admit that this big boy is going places.

Messenger Could Eventually Be the Only Chat Program You Will Ever Use

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The Zuck wants Messenger to be the only chat program you ever have to use. And to be honest, apart from Skype, there isn’t much stopping him. Google Talk has ended, and given Google’s propensity to shut things down which are not making them money, it may not be long before Hangouts Google Launches Hangouts, A New Cross-Platform IM System for iOS, Android & Web [Updates] Google Launches Hangouts, A New Cross-Platform IM System for iOS, Android & Web [Updates] Google I/O has brought a flurry of news from the search giant including the announcement of a new cross-platform messaging service called Hangouts. Integrating with a fresh-looking Google+, the new application for iPhone and Android... Read More is shuttered for good.

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ICQ, IRC, AIM, and Yahoo Messenger? Pfff! 1995 called, they want their IM programs back. And Windows Live Messenger is now folded into Skype Microsoft Discontinues Messenger & Migrates Users To Skype Instead [Updates] Microsoft Discontinues Messenger & Migrates Users To Skype Instead [Updates] Starting March 15, Windows Live Messenger will be no more. Instead, you’ll find all your Messenger contacts waiting for you on Skype, whether you’re already using it or not. This will take effect everywhere in... Read More .

That pretty much leaves Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Skype (and the smaller league privacy-related apps, such as Telegram Telegram Provides A Secure & Fast-Growing Alternative To WhatsApp Telegram Provides A Secure & Fast-Growing Alternative To WhatsApp Read More and Signal). Skype is big and powerful sure, being part of Microsoft. But does it have a social network of 1.6 billion users behind it? I don’t think so.

WhatsApp is part of Facebook, but who’s to say it won’t be folded into Messenger sometime in the future? Would Zuckerberg really be willing to let WhatsApp peel away potential Messenger users? What do you think?

You Will Be Phoning, Voice-Mailing & Video-Calling With Messenger

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Apart from talking to your Facebook contacts, you can phone them, video-call them, or send them voicemails. There may come a day when phone numbers are a relic of the past, and to call someone, all we need to do is add them by Messenger username and then tap on their name to connect.

To call or video-call someone, just tap either the receiver icon, or the video camera icon in the top right hand corner.

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And you don’t even need to be on Messenger to receive Facebook calls. You simply need to be running an up-to-date version of the Facebook app.

Sending a voicemail is as simple as clicking the three horizontal dots at the bottom of the screen, and choosing the voicemail option. Now you can get rid of that answering machine with the little cassette thingies, and come right into the 21st century.

You Will Be Telling Messenger All Your Secrets

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It’s emerged, in the wake of WhatsApp’s decision to turn on end-to-end encryption, that Facebook is considering giving Messenger Disappearing Messages. It isn’t there yet, but several sites have reported the development, as well as the Twitter account iOSAppChanges.

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You Will Be Ordering Your Transport From Messenger

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Facebook recently announced that you can now order lifts from Uber 6 Things You Never Knew You Could Do with Uber 6 Things You Never Knew You Could Do with Uber If you think that Uber is just an app-delivered taxi, you are wrong. As a few Uber promoted alternative uses prove, the ride sharing service can be used in interesting ways. Read More , directly from Messenger (with support for Lyft Riding A Lyft? Check Out Our 5 Rules For Communal Cabs Riding A Lyft? Check Out Our 5 Rules For Communal Cabs The Lyft service, which utilizes normal drivers in their personal cars with easily identifiable gigantic pink mustaches on their front bumpers, is growing as users are taking both the time to ride and drive. Read More  rolling out soon). And what makes it sweet is that anyone who uses Uber via Messenger will get a $20 Uber credit.

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So if you are chatting with a hot prospect, and you decide to go out for a candlelit dinner someplace, you can go to the three dot menu again, choose “Transportation”, and then request your ride. Your chatting partner will see in the Messenger window that the ride has indeed been ordered, as well as receive updates on the driver’s progress.

Now you don’t have to go to your date in a bus smelling of pee.

You Will Be Ordering Flowers From Messenger

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At the Facebook conference in San Francisco a few weeks back, Zuck announced that soon you will be able to use Messenger to order flowers from 1-800 Flowers. Then his comedian side popped out.

“I find it pretty ironic, because now to order from 1-800 Flowers, you never have to call 1-800 Flowers again” — Mark Zuckerberg

I’m guessing it won’t be long before other stores like this jump on the bandwagon. Think about it.

You could order stuff on Amazon, buy your groceries from Walmart…you would just need to tell the upcoming Messenger Siri-like Assistant, M, that you need more toilet paper, and it will send your order through. No more standing in the checkout line with smelly humans!

You Will Be Sending Money With Messenger

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This is not yet available outside the US (surprise, surprise. But hey, as long as we can poke someone, right?). But if you live in the US, are at least 18 years old, have a Visa or Mastercard debit card (all you American Express card people can get lost!), and your preferred currency is US dollars (none of that nasty European Euro stuff!), then you are in the door, buddy.

Just tap the money icon, add your debit card number and the amount and send. The other person adds their debit card number and accepts. Three days later, many green US dollars appear in the bank.

Could we see the day when people are paid their salaries via Messenger?

You Will Be Playing Games On Messenger

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At the moment, you can challenge your Facebook contacts to a game of chess. Type “@fbchess play” into the contact window and a board will appear. Then every time you want to make a move, you’ll need to type “@fbchess” followed by the letter for the piece, and the code for the square you want the piece to go to. So for example, moving the King to square C5 would mean you type “@fbchess Kc5”.

But what if chess is too highbrow for you and you want something simpler? How about Basketball? Just send your contact a basketball emoji for the game to appear.

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I’m sure Nintendo and Playstation are not sweating over small stuff like this but it would be good to see more basic games make their way onto Messenger in the future.

You Will Be Boarding Planes With Messenger

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The Dutch have always been cool with their clogs and their windmills (“Ground Control to Stereotype Central!”), but now the Dutch airline KLM is getting into the Facebook Messenger game. When booking a KLM flight, you can now opt to have your boarding pass sent directly to your Messenger app, as well as booking confirmations and flight updates. This opens up a separate KLM chat window on Messenger, where all of your updates and passes are kept together in one place.

This isn’t new — Apple’s iOS Wallet Google Launches Google Wallet. Not For Everybody! [News] Google Launches Google Wallet. Not For Everybody! [News] Google officially launched its mobile payment system Google Wallet yesterday, and it could very well change how we pay for merchandise and services. For now, the Google Wallet is only set up for Sprint Nexus... Read More has had digital boarding passes for some time. But the Messenger integration is the first time you can get digital boarding passes in a chat-based interface. And as well as receive information from KLM in the chat window, you can send messages right back and KLM customer support will respond.

There is absolutely no way that KLM will be the only airline doing this. Pretty soon, every airline worth its airmiles is going to be “flying all over this” (see what I did there?).

You Will Be Sharing Your Files With Messenger

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Don’t get excited. We’re not talking illegal torrents here, although with the Internet being what it is, I’m sure it won’t be long before someone works out how to make torrents work. No, you can send individual files and pictures using the relevant icons in the chat window. But now there is also support for Dropbox and Imgur as well.

Just click the three-dot menu at the bottom, choose Dropbox or Imgur, and connect your accounts. Then when you are wanting to send something, choose either Dropbox or Imgur from that same menu, and choose the files you want to send to your contact.

I can pretty much say with certainty that it definitely won’t be long before we see support for Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, and maybe Flickr. They’ll definitely not want to be left out of the party.

You Will Be Networking With Messenger

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If you meet someone at a work conference, or you pass them by in a hallway, you might not have time to grab their Messenger details. Then you spend ages in Facebook wondering “is THIS their account?”. Because not everybody has a photo on their Facebook account, and some people prefer to have a picture of their kids or their dog instead. Which makes it kind of hard to know if you are connecting with Bob from accounting, or the uncaught serial killer in your neighbourhood who suggests a nice Chianti and some Fava beans.

So trust Facebook to make it easier for you. When you tap on your name in Messenger, you will now see this.

All that blue squiggly stuff is a QR code. If you tap on it, you can either have your code for the other person to scan with their phone, or you can get the app to scan the other person’s code. You will then be automatically added to one another’s contact lists.

Of course that’s no guarantee that Bob from accounting isn’t a serial killer though.

You Will Be Making Work Conference Calls With Messenger

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Group video calling is not here yet (although you can bet the bank it is imminent), but group phone calling is here. Now you can get all of your work colleagues on the same line and shoot the breeze about the latest sales figures, or how Bob from accounting is acting really strangely.

The upper limit is 50 participants, so this is good for small offices, or if a small group is planning the next office night out. Just tap the phone icon, choose who should be on the call, and everyone will be called up and connected.

The Future’s Bright. The Future’s Messenger

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As I said at the beginning, it might feel a bit intimidating seeing so many features cram-packed into one app. But Messenger is positioning itself to take over many functions in our lives, whether it is phoning someone, making plans to travel somewhere, or sending someone a file.

What functions you would ideally like Messenger to have? Let us know in the comments.

And if your name is Bob and you are an accountant, please feel free to vent at me in the comments for calling you a serial killer. I can take it. Just don’t come and visit me.

Image Credits: Work Conference Call – Shutterstock, Business Networking – Shutterstock, Other Attribution-Free Images Courtesy of PixaBay, Facebook Messenger Emoticons – Google Play, Screenshot from Airplane – The Movie (And Don’t Call Me Shirley)

  1. Jim from PA
    May 24, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    You failed to mention another Internet chat/calling client: Viber. Viber has one of the best call quality I have ever heard, is on mobile, tablet, and desktop. Agree the linkin with Facebook is powerful for Facebook IM. But I do not use Fakebook. I value my privacy. Thanks.

  2. Aaron
    May 24, 2016 at 6:02 am

    assimilation of WhatsApp would imply that you need to.. have all your contacts added to facebook. how insane is that.. i don't want my colleagues in my fb. i don't want my doctor in my fb. i don't want clients and business connections on my fb. there's gotta be a line somewhere where we can choose who we share our lives with. it's not just a matter of privacy, it's a matter of what's proper: you're not gonna add you boss to your fb so they can see your wild weekend photos. sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.

  3. Eddie G.
    May 24, 2016 at 2:18 am

    I too won't be using half of these features, I barely use FB now. I have some family and friends on there whom I converse with occasionally but all this buying plane tickets, and calling a cab? Nah. No thanks. I've grown to distrust technology more and more ever since reading up on the Snowden affair. Plus and lots of people don't see this, but the more of your daily life you place in the hands of technology, the more likely that it can be accessed / hacked by the hackers who do nothing but conceive of ways to do just that.

    Case & Point: Cars are awesome, and they are fast, and they have tons of horses under the hood. But you know what?..in 2004, I never read of a car's computer being taken over by an outside party,....fast forward to today, and its so much of a concerns that they have people working on what to do to prevent it! Throw in the nonsense of the "unmanned car" and things start to get even scarier!

    Now listen, I'm not against progress or the benefits that using technology can give to mankind. but people we have GOT to think about things before we just claim them a blessing to mankind! Do you realize that when we were young "getting bullied' was done either in class or in the schoolyard. In today's society they have this foolishness called "cyber-bullying"? Like w...t...*&^$%#...IS THAT!? If someone is being nasty to you, or calling you names ON A FREEKIN' COMPUTER...the solution? TURN IT OFF.....GO OUTSIDE...AND PLAY!!! (Now do you see why I am not a big fan of all this technological so-called "advances"?) When they have a procedure to replace human hearts with minimal trauma, or find a way to cure cancer using nano-machines....or they have abolished AIDS/HIV....hepatitis....Ebola and any other life-threatening disease, maybe THEN I'll be a little more forgiving...but for now?.......not so much.

  4. Trevor Gridley
    May 23, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    I won't be doing any of these things, I use Facebook as little as possible and don't like anything about messenger.

  5. LegoDeathStar
    May 23, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    You've missed out on another big one: soon there will be a Facebook marketplace similar to Craigslist. It's already developed and in limited testing. Which will train people to become accustomed to making transactions on Facebook. After that, they'll start rolling out commerce on business pages. Again, already developed. This is one of the big reasons why they've pushed chat bots for businesses: to prepare them to use messenger for customer service. Thus seliminatin a need for each business to create their own commerce websites. Pretty genius actually.

    • StevetotheH
      May 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      That is just stupid! No one is going to give up the anonymity of Craigslist for Facebook as a marketplace. Scenario1: I sell a TV to someone on CL, we meet in parking lot, never see em again. Scenario 2: I sell someone same TV via FB, the back light burns out in 16 months, now since everyone is entitled these days I'll have some jackas? stalking me on FB. I sold em junk, TV was broke when they bought it, etc... Sounds like fun!

  6. fcd76218
    May 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    All of the above applies (or may apply) only if one has a Facebook account.

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