New users of Facebook’s Messenger app can now sign up without creating an account on the social network’s social network
Facebook would really appreciate with your co-operation if you would help them to take over the world. You know, if you’re not too busy or anything. To that end, they’ve decided to make Facebook Messenger (recently graduated from a simple social network feature to a quasi-platform) truly stand on its own.
So now you can use Facebook Messenger even if you’re not one of the billion users or so people with a Facebook account – or even if you are, and you don’t want to associate your account with your messages.
Facebook made this announcement in its official Newsroom blog, encouraging new users to simply use their phone numbers to create new Messenger profile.
Interestingly, this is more or less what makes WhatsApp (which Facebook purchased for a staggering $22 billion back in February) appealing to so many people – both platforms are now essentially an end-run around text messages that at least some carriers still charge for. Note: an older version of Facebook Messenger could handle standard SMS messages.
Rolling out in the US and Canada, Peru and Venezuela before arriving in other territories, the account less system asks only for a phone number and a first and last name — so, just like February 2014 acquisition WhatsApp.
Users will still be able to connect with their existing friends by letting the app sift through their contacts, matching them up with identical phone numbers already associated with Facebook profiles.
To sign up for Facebook Messenger without a Facebook account, you just need to open the app and tap “not on Facebook.” You’ll then have access to conversations with any of your contacts who are also on Facebook Messenger and have shared their mobile numbers with Facebook, to say nothing of all those news Messenger third-party apps. Or you can install Facebook Lite and get Messenger and Facebook in the same app, like the good Lord intended.
Thus it can place an account less Messenger user on Facebook’s Social Graph, while at the same time allowing them to search among Facebook profiles for people they might know.