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Facebook Testing New Messenger Tools: One to Get You Talking, One to Save Your Data

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:54
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If you’re feeling a little tongue tied, Facebook Messenger may soon come to your rescue with discussion suggestions and, at the same time, help you save data.

Facebook is testing a new feature dubbed Conversation Topics as well as a data saver tool.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-10-32-44-amThe social networking firm’s main Facebook app already has a data saving tool, so it should come as no surprise that the company plans to offer the option to Messenger users too.

Screenshots obtained by Android Police revealed ‘data saver’ under the menu found in the “Account” tab.

The tool was created to decrease the data used when looking at received pictures or videos. Data saver, which is in beta, enables click-to-download instead of automatically downloading images and video clips when you are using your cellular data. If you are using Wi-Fi, however, Messenger will download pictures and videos as they are received.

You can also see how much data has been saved.

Facebook has had little to say about its data saver, but posted this message on its beta sign-up page: “Facebook has invited you to a testing program for an unreleased version of the Messenger app. As a tester, you’ll receive an update that includes a testing version of the Messenger app. Please note that testing versions may be unstable or have a few bugs.”

Conversation Topics, meanwhile, was tweeted about over the weekend and was quickly picked up by a number of tech publications and news sites.

It appears Conversation Topics is a much smaller testing pool with only a small group of Messenger users given the option to participate.

Feedback on Twitter varied, however with the feature being called both “clever” and “creepy.”

According to Tech Crunch, Conversation Topics has its own dedicated section on the homescreen. Suggestions can be seen beneath contacts’ names in the new section.

“Messenger displays places the friend in question had recently visited, like the Grand Canyon,” Tech Crunch explained. “In other cases, the suggested topics might include things like the songs the friend just listened to on a music streaming service, or an event they’ve indicated they’ve said they’re interested via Facebook Events.”


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

The post Facebook Testing New Messenger Tools: One to Get You Talking, One to Save Your Data appeared first on SiteProNews.

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