Remember the time when Facebook forced you to download its standalone Messenger app and you cursed the world’s biggest social network big time? Well, now Messenger has graduated and is ready to take the next step.
Today Facebook decided that it is now giving its users the option to use sign up for the Messenger without needing a Facebook account. This news comes in the wake of the fact that Facebook has been trying hard to push Messenger forward as a platform.
In ablog post, Facebook said: “With Messenger, we’ve been focused on creating the best messaging experience possible by giving people a fun and easy way to connect and express themselves with friends and contacts. We are starting to roll out a new way for you to sign up for Messenger – without a Facebook account.”
Now you can sign up for the Facebook Messenger chat app just with your first name, last name, and your phone number. This functionality is being launched in the US, Canada, Peru and Venezuela before the rest of the world.
It should be noted that this isn’t some new experiment by Facebook- the world’s most popular social network had tried the same thing on Android in India and few other regions back in 2012, but it got scrapped up due to some reasons.
How Messenger without Facebook account works?
Now the Messenger will feature a new “Not on Facebook?” button during the sign-up flow.
Use this button to fill up your details like your phone number, first name, last name and a picture.
If you are having a Facebook account, then you need not enter these details as it will automatically fetch your details.
This functionality of Messenger will enable it to attract those users who have alienated themselves from Facebook and still want to have an app as universal as Messenger. Also, Facebook has its own underlying interests behind this step. The Messenger has a vast user-base of 700 million users and it is slowing taking steps towards the monetization of Messenger slowly and gradually.
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