Facebook Messenger Adds “You Owe Me” Payment Analysis
Facebook added two new useful features to its mobile Messenger app.
The first is a chat assist program that will assess group messages to determine if there is an exchange of money that should take place between friends. If so, the app will prompt the user who owes money to pay the other person directly through Messenger.
Here is an example of how this would work. If you had a conversation with a group of friends on Facebook, and at one point said, “Hey Steve, don’t forget you owe me $20 for the ballgame.” Steve would get a notification on his side of the chat to “Pay $20.” If Steve decides to pay it, he can either enter a new card number or use one already connected to his Messenger account. This is all part of Facebook’s new peer-to-peer payment system, but it goes one step further by analyzing conversations and making suggestions based on that.
The second new Messenger feature is the ability to create polls in group chat. Let’s say you and a group of friends want to go see one of three movies. You can create a poll for Movie A, Movie B, and Movie C to let everyone in the chat weigh in on which one they want to see.