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Now you may get to use Facebook Messenger to chat with Non-friends too


Now you may get to use Facebook Messenger to chat with Non-friends too

... Josh Constine/Techcrunch:

Is that a message from some rando, a spammer, or the nice guy you met yesterday? Facebook Messenger wants to give you some clues before you consider responding. The app will now surface publicly shared biographical info like current city and job title at the top of message threads from people you haven’t chatted with before. The update starts rolling out today on iOS Android in U.S., U.K., France, and India.

For example, if you received a message from someone you’re not friends with, Messenger could show that they’re a “Food Blogger” from “Seattle.” That info could jog your memory, reminding you they’re the woman you met in the fish market on your recent trip to the Northwest. Knowing they’re someone you’ve actually met could make you a lot more likely to reply, and get the conversation going naturally rather than stumbling with “oh…hey…how did we meet again?”

Messenger can also pull up this kind of info for existing Facebook friends you’ve never messaged with before. Maybe your old high school friend just moved to your current city and got a job in your industry. That information could change your perception from “ugh, Nate from high school?” to “oh nice, Nate moved out west and we’re both bloggers.”

Whether it’s about non-friends or people you’ve already added, Messenger will only show you info that’s public or otherwise visible to you on Facebook, so it doesn’t sidestep privacy controls.