Facebook Messenger Is Adding a Home Button to Help Users Keep Track of Conversations

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Facebook is giving Messenger what everyone—and everything—needs: a home.

At the WIRED Business Conference this morning in New York, the social network announced it's adding a Home button to the messaging app as an anchor for sending and receiving messages.

The new Home button, which will appear in the bottom right corner of Messenger, will become a place to see the most recent messages along with a new "Favorites" section focused on the most frequently messaged users. Facebook is also adding ways to receive reminders for birthdays (because we could all receive an extra way to remember those).

Messenger, which now has more than 900 million users, has been a place of focus for Facebook this year. During the company's annual F8 developer conference in April, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the arrival of chatbots to Messenger.

Increasingly, users are spending more and more time in messaging apps. Earlier this week, Toronto-based Kik announced that 10 percent of its users spend as much as 2.5 hours chatting in the app every day. 

@martyswant martin.swant@adweek.com Marty Swant is a former technology staff writer for Adweek.