“Why I Hate Read Receipts”

It’s the first thing I turn off on a new iOS thingy.

Read receipts are transitioning from a quirky, semi-invasive e-mail option to an always-on feature in messaging services like Facebook, but they aren’t always welcome. In many instances, they create a mild, uncomfortable social pressure—just enough to keep you talking a little longer than you might want.

I’ve stated how much I’ve liked FB Messenger before, but by making read receipts mandatory it’s kind of a deal-breaker. Now I hardly ever initiate conversations from it.

Facebook Messenger

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?

  1. BUT THEY SHOULD – because as far as I’m concerned this is the best part of Facebook these days. 

  2. Well, besides the thought of Facebook listening in on calls. 

  3. 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. 

“Apple iMessage and Poor User Experiences” by Matt Galligan

These iMessage problems still exist with the new messages.app. Check out the screen I get when sending a new message.


A lot of these are duplicates. Messages.app lists every contact’s email address and phone number as a potential iMessage recipient.

I don’t want to have to pick which email or phone number to message. I just want to pick a name and have Apple figure out how to best deliver it.

Also, why can’t I get iMessages delivered to my phone number on my iPad?

Messages Beta

Download Messages Beta and get a taste of what’s coming in OS X Mountain Lion. When you install Messages, it replaces iChat. But iChat services will continue to work. And Messages brings iMessage to the Mac — just like on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5. Here are the features you can expect with Messages:

  • Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.*
  • Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more.
  • Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face.
  • Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

All that stuff is finally merged together,1 and it’s clear Apple is trying to get away from “chat”.

  1. In a weird way. The buddy list is still around for when you use the traditional chat services, but when you use iMessage you get a window similar to what’s on the iPad. And no more status messages.