Many social media platforms are introducing new features to their apps amid of COVID-19 outbreak. Recently, Facebook had launched Messenger Rooms for its users. Messenger Rooms allowed users to video chat with up to 50 people at a time
Messenger Rooms is not a new thing for Facebook. The concept of that was there long ago and it is not trying to copy the recent trends. However, it is a top rival for apps like Zoom and Houseparty.
The vision of Messenger rooms is bigger than what it is. Mark Zuckerberg has plans to interconnect all his platforms and allow cross-platform chat. The world’s largest messaging networks WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger to allow cross-platform chat. This could be a great initiative by Facebook, as it allows us to connect users of these 3 different apps in one platform.
The launch of the Messenger rooms is a small hint of the development of cross-platform chat. However, How the cross-platform messaging is going to be implemented or How it would look like is not known.
Messenger rooms is a platform where nearly 50 people can video chat with one another at a time. The one who hosts the meeting or who creates a room should have a Facebook account. Others can join the room even though they are not Facebook account holders.
After the announcement, WAbetainfo, a website that tracks WhatsApp has released some information of how cross-platform chats might look like. WhatsApp beta version for android comes with a shortcut to Messenger rooms in the chat or group share where users can create Messenger room links. Also, the option to create messenger room links will also be available in the calls tab.
WhatsApp will support video and voice calls with up to 8 participants, While messenger will allow 50 people to participate in a video chat at a time. This update is coming soon to messenger rooms. WhatsApp chats and video calls are ends to end encrypted while on Messenger they are not, which makes messenger rooms are not completely private. This raises questions regarding security issues. Its completely on you how you choose the platform. If you are ok with the privacy loss you can choose messenger or if you are concerned then chose WhatsApp.
It is a great vision to bring all social media platforms of Facebook and allow cross-platform chats. With this vision it is also important to maintain the user’s privacy.