Facebook is known for launching apps on the iPhone and then waiting much longer than necessary to optimize them for the iPad. Messenger is the next in line to have been around for a year-and-a-half before finally getting the iPad update. Today, with no advanced warning, Facebook Messenger has been optimized for the larger screen.
Facebook Messenger allows users to stay logged into chat sessions, even when they are not actively using Facebook. The separate app only includes messages between Facebook members, but is directly connected to the official app. So, if you are browsing Facebook when you receive a message from a friend, it will automatically redirect you to the Messenger app for your conversation. When you are done chatting, tap the “back” button to go back to Facebook’s app.
The iPad version includes most features of Messenger, except that it does not have two of the app’s most recent additions, the split-screen selfie camera and tap-and-hold quick video. There is no information as to why these features were left off of the iPad version.
I recently found myself in need of the Facebook Messenger app when I befriended a group of people who use it exclusively to communicate. In there early 20s, these friends use Facebook as their first choice for contacting others. I didn’t even have their phone numbers before I was chatting with them through Facebook for a month.
As younger generations gain the advantage of social media, older forms of communication, like phone calls, emails, and even text messages will become obsolete. Facebook Messenger is the perfect example of how the communicating world is changing so rapidly. So, if you want to stay in touch with your kids while they are away at college, don’t wait for them to call you up. Send them a message on Facebook and you’ll be more likely to hear back from them right away.
Facebook Messenger is available on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch for free. Download it in the App Store today.