Facebook has finally thrown their hat into the group messaging app ring with Facebook Messenger. They really needed to do this with the recent launch of Google's Huddle. I've downloaded it on my phone and think the live updates to messages could really prove useful.
Facebook Messenger will allow you to message people directly on facebook like a normal message, through sms, or give you the option if you have the contact's phone number and they're one of your Facebook friends. This will provide faster and more direct communication with the people you actually know and care to talk with.
"One of the key elements of Messenger is its alert system. Users can choose to receive alerts for new messages, or they can turn them off. They can also delay alerts for an hour or until 8:00 a.m. the next day. The alert settings can be tailored for individual message threads or for all messages through Messenger.
Facebook admits its official mobile app will eventually have all of Messenger’s functionality, but the company believes that having an app dedicated to quick messaging on the Facebook platform is something that will benefit its millions of mobile users. And it could give other group messaging apps like GroupMe a run for their money." Read More
How to get Facebook Messenger
Messenger is available for the iPhone and Android starting today. Just search for "Facebook Messenger" in either app store, or get a link to the app texted to your phone.