Facebook’s newest app: Rooms, for iOS

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Facebook’s Creative Labs team announced Thursday the newest app — Rooms, available for iOS.

Through Rooms, users can create spaces for content about whatever they want and invite friends. It’s also a great way to foster discussion about topics.

Facebook’s Josh Miller described Rooms as a throwback to the early web:

Inspired by both the ethos of these early web communities and the capabilities of modern smartphones, today we’re announcing Rooms, the latest app from Facebook Creative Labs. Rooms lets you create places for the things you’re into, and invite others who are into them too.

A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text – not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook – with a topic determined by whoever created the room. Early users have already created rooms for everything from beat boxing videos to parkour to photos of home- cooked meals. There’s even a room called “Kicks From Above” that showcases photographs of cool shoes in cool places.

Not only are rooms dedicated to whatever you want, room creators can also control almost everything else about them. Rooms is designed to be a flexible, creative tool. You can change the text and emoji on your like button, add a cover photo and dominant colors, create custom “pinned” messages, customize member permissions, and even set whether or not people can link to your content on the web. In the future, we’ll continue to add more customizable features and ways to tweak your room. The Rooms team is committed to building tools that let you create your perfect place. Our job is to empower you.

Rooms is available today for iOS users in the U.S., U.K., and some other English-speaking countries.

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Readers: What do you think of Rooms?