Facebook Messenger Adds Contextual Information on First-Time Senders

By David Cohen Comment

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Facebook Messenger users who have ever received messages and wondered where they knew the senders from will embrace a new feature the social network introduced Thursday.

Mashable and TechCrunch both reported that when Facebook users receive messages from other users for the first time, publicly available information from the senders will be included, to help the receivers understand the context of the messages.

This information includes the senders’ work information, current city and mutual friends, both blogs reported, and it is limited to information that is already publicly available via Facebook.

Facebook told Mashable the new feature is being rolled out to iOS and Android users in the U.S., U.K., France and India “over the next few weeks,” with a spokesperson adding that it is “a way to give you more context about new conversations in Messenger.”

Mashable and TechCrunch both pointed out the new feature’s similarities to Hello, the Android phone dialer application Facebook rolled out last month, which enables users to see publicly shared information from Facebook about incoming callers, among other features.

Readers: What are your initial thoughts about this new Messenger feature?

Images courtesy of Mashable and TechCrunch.

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