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Facebook Messenger will let you message non-friends with ‘Add Contact’ request

Facebook is in a process of testing an ‘Add Contact’ feature for its popular ‘messenger’ app. The company confirmed this news to Buzzfeed yesterday.

According to the social tech giant, the new feature will allow users to connect with other users within the app. In addition, users will be able to connect without actually adding other users in their friend list on Facebook.

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The monthly active user count of Facebook is 1.7 billion and it is constantly growing at a rapid pace. On the other hand, the population of Messenger app recently crossed the 1 billion mark. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was clear about the importance of Messenger to his business:

“A lot of people want to share messages privately, one-on-one or with very small groups”

The social giant already allows users to talk to people on Messenger who aren’t friends on Facebook via message requests. When an anonymous user sends a message, you’re met with a message request. It gives you two options whether to read and accept or ignore any future communication.

Traits of new feature

The new feature of ‘Add Contact’ would enable users for the same thing but through the use of contacts. It means that once you add a contact in your list, you can freely connect with that contact without the need to formally connect and without befriending him/her on Facebook.

This new feature could simplify the communication process since several people in your contact list may not be added on the Facebook platform. One of the key features of ‘Add Contact’ is that a user would talk to others in a hassle-free manner. He won’t be required to begin his conversation through a typical process of finding profile of the user, sending a friend request and waiting for it to be accepted to kick start the chat. This new feature will also enable to add the users yourself without using the message request format.

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