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Facebook's New Messenger App: What You Need To Know Before You Use It

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 08/12/11 03:10 PM ET   Updated: 10/12/11 06:12 AM ET

Facebook recently unveiled a new, standalone app called "Messenger" that's made for sending SMS-like messages to your Facebook friends.

But before texting that first "hello," users should be aware of several settings that might make them inadvertently share more than they intended, as well as some fun features that set Messenger apart from other messaging tools like texting or BlackBerry Messenger.

As Facebook explained in its introduction to Messenger, the app "is an extension of Facebook messages, so all your conversations are in one place, including your texts, chats, emails and messages." The app blurs the line between text messaging, Facebook's "messages" tool, and Facebook's chat feature.

Have you tried Facebook's new app? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Your Conversations Can Be Shared With People You're Not Friends With
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Much like cc'ing someone on an email thread that's already in progress, anyone you chat with can instantly add other people to your conversation, without having to request permission to do so first. All previous messages exchanged in the conversation will be visible to the new participant. Moreover, be sure to note that the people added to your conversation may not be your Facebook friends--a person you're chatting with can add her Facebook friend, who might not necessarily be yours, and that person will be able to see your prior messages.
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