You Now Have to Download Facebook Messenger If You Want to Keep Chatting
Although the premise of Facebook has never really changed since its inception, the social media giant’s tactics and services are always changing. When Facebook introduced Messenger in 2008 (don’t worry: we feel old, too), it was just a way to send messages to friends that happened to be online at the same time. But now it’s becoming an entity all on its own.
Facebook is making everybody download the Messenger app to continue using the service while on the go. While those who use the mobile Facebook app were forced to download Messenger a while ago, users who were accessing Messenger from a mobile browser have until the summer to switch over to the app. Currently, a pop-up appears that alerts users to the imminent switch. It’s possible to opt out, but soon the alert wall will be permanent. This near-forced DL underlines Facebook’s new emphasis on Messenger.
For those who are hesitant to download the Messenger app: There are plenty of reasons to do so. In addition to new emoji and a secret chess game, the service is experimenting with bots. The chatbots act like personal assistants that can transfer money from your bank account, give instant updates on the weather, crawl the news and even order an Uber. But for those trying a digital detox approach by refusing to download the app, these services will still be available on the Facebook website when accessed from a computer, so you won’t have total #FOMO.
What do you think of Facebook’s Messenger app? Let us know @BritandCo!
(h/t Techcrunch, photo via Facebook)
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!