Facebook’s hugely successful messaging platform has enlisted the help of a new ally. M, Messenger’s new chat assistant, is now available for all U.S. users of the platform, and eventually, users from all over the world. Facebook is effectively competing with Google’s Allo, an impressive messaging app reinforced with some really smart A.I. functionalities. Although Messenger’s M is only in its beginning phases and indeed has a few ways to go, Facebook is persistent in making it a staple feature that Messenger users will use.
Here’s a quick video overview of the new chat assistant:
On this post, we’re listing down what M can do (right now).
Stickers, because it’s the sh*t right now
If you’ve ever used Telegram before, you know that stickers are infinitely fun. My friend Gizelle learned it the hard way. M is able to suggest relevant stickers to you, basing its suggestions on your replies and the flow of your conversation.
Payments, because Facebook wants you to spend your money so it can earn itself some
Facebook wants payments to be as frictionless as possible on its platform, and this, by far, is probably its biggest leap. I’m genuinely excited to see where this is headed.
Location-sharing, because the internet as it is isn’t sketchy and stalker-ish enough
Need to stalk someone? Whatever your creepy reason, Facebook is helping make that happen. The next time your crush goes for a morning coffee, you can just “casually bump into him” and strike a cute conversation.
Event-planning, because moms and titas use Facebook too
I love Facebook events. Does that make me a tito? Anyway, this is a feature, too, apparently. I’m thinking it will make moms and aunts very happy, what with the exhaustive planning that they do to make the awkwardest family events happen. I’m sure teams and businesses can use this, too, but honestly, there are far more sensible options out there (for now).
Asking questions, because Facebook is smart to recognize we’re all collectively dumb and decisive a.f.
You can also ask polls in group messages. This feature is for you, you indecisive chap, you.
Getting a ride, because eff taxi cabs
Facebook wants you to have fun (and share content of it on Facebook). To make sure you keep doing it and not die after drinking-and-driving, Facebook will automatically suggest that you call an Uber or a Lyft. Heh. Smart.
These features are well and good, but Facebook must keep look-out
Jokes aside, plenty of these features are actually useful. Facebook, however, needs to get things right on the regular if it wants M to be a staple feature and not one that’s just there, cluttering the already cluttered Messenger interface. Here’s to hoping that Facebook does a swell job integrating this new feature onto their current roster.