Typical questions people wonder about this app include: What is the point of using the separate Facebook Messenger app as opposed to the regular Facebook mobile app? That's because messages sent with this standalone app typically go over the Internet, bypassing the carrier's cellular network.
So they DO count toward any Internet data use allowance the user has, but DON' T consume any of the SMS messaging quota or voice calling minutes.
Messaging apps have been particularly popular in Asia, where they are used so much that they've become a primary interface to the online social experience for many millions of people.
Kakao Talk (Japan), Line (South Korea) and Nimbuzz (India) are a few popular mobile messaging apps that have been trend-setters. Other big communication platforms and apps that compete, of course, include Black Berry Messenger and Apple's i Message for texting, and Apple's Face Time for video calling. And Microsoft's Skype provides VOIP voice calling and would be a competitor, except Skype partnered with Facebook to help provide video calling on the social network's platform.
Poke never really caught on and Facebook eventually stopped promoting it.
New features included the ability to see the location of a message sender and to see when people had viewed a message, as Facebook continued to add bells and whistles try to become a more central part of people's communication habits on mobile phones.Separately, Facebook offered asynchronous "messaging" which was more akin to private email, where the messages appeared on a special page resembling an email inbox.