Jacob Kastrenakes, writing for the Verge;
It’s a sad moment: AIM, AOL’s long-running instant messenger service that was core to many people’s first social experiences on the internet, will shut down once and for all on December 15th. AOL announced the shutdown today, acknowledging that people now communicate in new ways online, so AIM is no longer needed.
AIM was my first ever messenger, I still have and using my AIM/AOL screen name up to this day.
Chris Welch, writing for The Verge;
Facebook Messenger Lite, the excellent, cruft-free of Facebook’s chat app that focuses on the essentials, is expanding to the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. The Android-only app was originally launched so that users could access Messenger in areas with sluggish mobile connectivity.
From the Messenger Lite apps’s description page;
Installs quickly. It’s less than 10MB to install, saving storage space on your phone.
Saves data. It loads fast, runs efficiently and uses less mobile data.
Works everywhere. Reach people when you’re in an area with a slow or unstable internet connection.
Runs on most phones. You can use it on Android phones version 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher.
Looks like Facebook is following Twitter’s playbook when it comes to service emerging markets.
You can download the Messenger Lite app here.
Ted Cordero, writing for GMA News;
GCash, the micropayment service of Globe Telecom Inc., and rival PLDT Inc.’s PayMaya Philippines Inc. have partnered with Facebook on money transfers and bills payments.
Prepaid mobile load and data service can also be paid using the Messenger app.
Eddie Zhang – Facebook Product Manager;
This week we are launching a very small test in Australia and Thailand that gives businesses the opportunity to place ads on the Messenger home screen. This means that a business is able to place an ad in an area of Messenger below your recent conversations, similar to how we surface birthday notifications or where we let you know if a friend is currently active on Messenger. No one will see an ad in a conversation without clicking on an ad experience on the Messenger home screen or starting a conversation with a brand – these test ads won’t originate in your conversations. The test group of people in Thailand and Australia will start to see these ads in the coming weeks.