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Shoot. Facebook Messenger?

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Facebook Messenger app for iPhone

Another social media app?

While Google and Facebook trade blows in their social media slugfest, it’s clear who’ll win this fight.

Us.

Sure, it’s easy to get bogged down with all the social media offerings. We don’t have time to regularly use Facebook, Twitter and Google+, right?

Maybe not.

But we continue to text ’til our thumbs give out. And no one, anywhere, is chirping about how they don’t have time for texting.

Enter Facebook.

The ability to use Facebook’s messaging feature from our phones is nothing new. But the Facebook Messenger app feels like a souped-up SMS vehicle that allows you to include pictures and geotag messages.

The real power in this app, it appears, comes in how it connects us to contacts inside and outside the Facebook world. Start typing a name in the “To:” field, and you’re able to select from your Facebook friends and the contacts on your phone. It’s an exclusive club and a wide-open party at the same time.

Facebook Messenger app for iPhone

Now, about those geotags.

If you click into the location pin, guess what displays…

Of course. It’s a Google map.

That’s just one of the many interesting twists we’re sure to see as these social media giants keep trying to one-up one another.

The land grab is firmly focused on mobile at the moment. The introduction of the G+ app for iPhone put that service directly into plenty of palms, despite user complaints. You can bet Facebook has no intention of falling behind on the app front.

PC World is reporting that a video-chat component appears to be the on the horizon for the Facebook Messenger app. I’m wondering if this pushes Google to hurry its Hangout feature to phones.

I love it. We win as consumers when these companies compete like this. This story ends one of two ways: we either overwhelmingly support the better product, and it wins out; or the two continue to clash and crank out ever-evolving products that meet our changing needs.

Not everyone is a fan of Facebook’s latest offering, though. One writer even offers five reasons why you don’t need it.

If you’ve downloaded and tried the app, I’m interested to hear what you think. Comments?