Previously I was writing about how Chat used to be how teens with tied-up landlines socialized, but kids today use things like Skype to stay-in-touch.
Recently Facebook released a Messenger update that enables iOS to iOS calls. In short, teenagers with an iPod Touch can now call each other using Facebook. Almost all these kids have Facebook.
I haven’t tried it yet – nobody I know has downloaded the new Messenger app,1 but I like the concept.2 Free texting to other Facebook users.3 Free phone calls. No tied-up phone lines. If you buy your kid an iPod Touch they’re pretty connected now. I don’t know whether that’s a good thing or bad thing.
…why should Facebook build its own phone again?
Also, how long until I can just have a data plan on my phone?
BUT THEY SHOULD – because as far as I’m concerned this is the best part of Facebook these days. ↩
Well, besides the thought of Facebook listening in on calls. ↩
Of course, Facebook’s problem is that their apps aren’t built-in, so people won’t even know they have this capability. Although, I think Facebook prompts you to download their other apps when you download their big ugly one. ↩