Facebook Messenger Will Get ‘Massively Streamlined’ This Year


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What seems like a long time ago now, Facebook Messenger used to be baked right into the standard app. But then it got spun off into its own standalone app, and, since then, it has become an over cluttered mess.

Facebook’s Vice President of Messaging Products, David Marcus, has watched as Messenger has turned into something it wasn’t originally meant to be, a place for games, payments, ephemeral stories, and more. And, as a result, admits that it has become cluttered. He admits the company behind the messaging app went a bit overboard in adding new features, but this year will see a drastic change in the other direction, as first reported by The Verge:

“Over the last two years, we built a lot of capabilities to find the features that continue to set us apart,” Marcus wrote. “A lot of them have found their product market fit; some haven’t. While we raced to build these new features, the app became too cluttered. Expect to see us invest in massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.”

Unfortunately, Marcus wouldn’t go into detail on what he believes are the parts that are actually cluttering Messenger, nor did he talk about what, exactly, would be cut or trimmed in this streamlining process. We don’t even know when to expect to see the new, revitalized version of Messenger, either.

Our Take

This is a long time coming. Messenger, like Facebook itself, has become a cluttered mess. It will be interesting to see what, exactly, gets cut in the streamlining process. Will the standard Messenger app evolve to look more like the Messenger Lite app? We’ll have to wait and find out.

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[via The Verge]