The Facebook Messenger new feature, Rooms, has been officially released to the Australian public after the new option has been in testing and was hinted at by hidden codes.
Facebook has shown time and time again that it does not only plan to expand its user base, it also seems to seek to expand its services as it has been announcing new updates and options.
The newest feature will target its Messenger service, which can boast with an app and hundreds of millions of downloads on its own.
Facebook Messenger will be rolling out a new option which will allow its user the option to chat with anyone as long as you are interested in the same subjects.
The Facebook Rooms will offer a new type of chatting experience as each public chatroom will be based on a specific subject.
This will allow any users, even though they are not on each others’ Friends List, the option of discussing a shared matter of interest.
Facebook Rooms, which has been hinted at and was being tested, will initially feature only an Australian and Canadian release, with its worldwide release having yet to be announced.
The first signs of such an option were detected in September as a number of developers detected a set of hidden Rooms chatroom codes.
The Facebook Rooms, which will be available to Android users, was described as being a real-time messaging option featuring a bulletin board-style.
According to Drew Moxon, the Facebook Messenger Product Manager, the new Rooms feature was thought out after users reported a need for talking and discussing specific topics.
Moxon stated that this need was signaled during the company’s user surveys which declared that group chats, be them formed by family, friends, or colleagues, are usually focused on a specific matter.
As such, the new Facebook Rooms chat groups will allow users that are not Friends to enter such a chat if the specific subjects interest them.
The topic-based conversations will offer an unlimited conversation pool for the interested participants as they will feature any subject but will escape a number of previous limitations.
As group chats already exist but are limited by the fact that the interested parties must be Friends, the new feature will open such conversations to a wider public.
That is not to say that the new Rooms will not have privacy properties. The Facebook Rooms group administrator will have the option of creating a private chat which will require their approval of new members.
The aforementioned Moxon declared that the new Facebook Messenger Rooms are just one amongst a number of other features which are being tested.
Messenger developers are said to be looking for new features so as to increase its real-time messaging experience for its users.
The widescale rolling out of the feature will probably depend on its current reception, but would the reader use such a new feature?
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