“The way messages appear in your messaging applications hasn’t really changed since the beginning of the smartphone era. It’s one long list of all the messages in chronological order,” said Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for Messaging at Facebook. Facebook said the changes would make Messenger simpler to use, by presenting the user with more relevant information.
“What we are doing is introducing a few modules, and those modules are sort of groupings of different messages or different people together.
“We will add more of those modules over time, and generally your inbox is going to start looking different, because we think it’s time we started to innovate in how it looks and how it feels.”
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Answering concerns that the inbox may start to look overly cluttered, Chudnovsky said that the new messages would still be prioritised.
“The most important thing is to make sure that the messages that are unread are at the very top, and they’re always there, so every time the message arrives it goes to the top and it stays there,” he said.
Facebook will start rolling out the new Messenger features globally over the coming days.
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