Deathwatch: Facebook want to murder the phone number

telephone operator Unless you're an old person, chances are, you don't really know any phone numbers. Chances are, the only actual phone numbers you know are your parents' number, and a taxi rank you used growing up.

Mobile phones have got us to the point where we simply don't have to remember them - as long as you know the name they're under in your address book. And failing that, you can always message them on social media and ask them for it again.

Facebook now want to finally kill off the phone number in 2016.

The social network's VP of Messaging Products, David Marcus, says: "We made Messenger blazing fast, we introduced video calling, the ability to customize conversations with colours, nicknames and emojis and with Businesses on Messenger, we introduced a new way for businesses to engage their customers by providing them with a delightful, personal experience."

"We added helpful information at the top of new conversations so you always have the context of who you're talking to if it's not a Facebook friend, and with Message Requests, we built the foundational step of enabling you to find and talk to anyone."

Of course, if you don't have Facebook, this is all a complete nonsense, not to mention the idea of killing off phone numbers altogether. Then again, Facebook are a bit crazy these days.

They suggest that using phone numbers is a bit 'backward', in the paragraph that's titled 'The Disappearance Of The Phone Number', saying that Messenger offers "so much more," adding "as well as texting, you can send stickers, photos, videos, voice clips, GIFs, your location, and money to people."



  • JonB
    This Messenger thing sounds a lot like Hangouts and Skype...
  • Father J.
    Facebook can FOAD as far as I'm concerned.

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