Facebook is testing a new feature for its Messenger platform that will suggest topics for conversation based on your friend’s recent activities. A Twitter user Chris Messina first spotted the feature on Facebook Messenger iOS app and posted the screenshot of the same. “Clever: @messenger now suggests conversation starters based on things your friends have done recently,” he said in a tweet. In the screenshot, we see a separate section called ‘Conversation Topics’ in the Messenger app. Messenger’s new feature shows activities of your friends such as where they visited last or what they are listening to and if there’s an event they’re interested in attending.
In this case, Messenger showed Messina the places his friends have recently visited. The suggestions appear below each person’s name and on the left is an indicator which shows when they were online last. In a separate screenshot put out by another Twitter user Dan Simpson, Messenger showed him suggestions based on what his friends listened to last and events they’re interested attending
Facebook Messenger has recently added new features to make the platform more interesting. The ‘Conversation Topics’ feature is geared to boost user engagement, and will help users skip scrolling through their News Feed to know what their friends are up to as most basic activities will appear in Messenger. Also, this looks like a pretty good way to keep a tab on newly added friends and start conversations based on these suggestions.
Check out the tweets below:
— 🕸Chris Messina (@chrismessina) October 16, 2016
— (((Dan Simpson))) (@iamthedans) October 11, 2016
Facebook Messenger’s ‘Conversation Topics’ has only been spotted by a couple of users. Facebook could be testing it for a small group of people currently. However, it is unclear if Facebook plans to roll out the same for all Messenger users anytime soon.
A new data saver mode for Facebook Messenger was recently spotted as well. The feature will ask users to select specific content before downloading them while on cellular data connection. According to a report in TheNextWeb, the social media giant is currently testing the feature on Android beta version of the app. But if you’re keen on getting the data saver mode now, you can do so by signing up as a beta tester on Google Play Store.