When Facebook started making headlines, it was actually signaling the end of Myspace. With the latter already behind it, the social networking giant has now sets its sights on major players in the tech industry, namely Google, Microsoft and even Apple.
With the latter already behind it, the social networking giant has now sets its sights on major players in the tech industry, namely Google, Microsoft and even Apple.
On a good number of its attempts, it has succeeded in toppling top names from the top spot and cementing its place amongst the best. But the question that begs answers is: will Facebook actually manage to do away with the phone number?
Well this might seem more feasible than you think, especially when you take a keen interest in the words of the company’s VP of Messaging Products, David Marcus. In his statement about the top goals of Facebook Messenger in 2016, Marcus was clear that Facebook is still as ambitious as ever.
Evolution of communication
The company doesn’t want to be part of the changing communication world; instead, it wants to be the one changing the communication world. Marcus believes that the world has changed from sending SMS and text-based messages through flip phones and it now depends on small computers that are also portable. According to him, the earliest ways of communication will keep disappearing in the same way the usage of flip phones is.
What the VP of Messaging Products at Facebook is trying to say is that there is an evolution of communication and the company wants to be the driving force. With Facebook Messenger, it is now possible to make free voice and video calls without the need of having someone’s phone number like old times. In addition, Marcus says that users no longer need a Facebook account in order to use Messenger.
With the app being a cross-platform app, users can be sure of enjoying communications using a PC, phone, tablet or smartwatch.
Will Facebook Messenger manage to eliminate the phone number?
Well, it seems strange that Facebook wants to eliminate the phone number. But one thing that doesn’t seem impossible is the fact that the app can really achieve this target. Given the app’s population of more than 800 million monthly active users coupled with the facts that it is the fastest growing app in the U.S. and all of the over 1.5 billion users on Facebook can also join the app; this could happen.
Facebook Messenger has also added quite a number of interesting features to the app, among them the ability to send money as well as introduced a digital assistant known as M. In addition to the fact that people no longer depend on landlines like they used to about 10 or more years ago, there are also chances that people’s dependence on phone numbers will soon be fading, which makes Facebook’s futuristic dream valid.
Who knows, we may be talking about phone numbers as some weird joke just ten or fifteen years from now. The question is will Facebook Messenger be responsible for this talk, if it ever happens?