Facebook reinvents the chatroom with Rooms

24 October 2014

facebook mobile We spoke about Facebook's anonymous app that they were toying with, and now it is here, in the form of a rejigging of a good ol' fashioned internet chatroom! And it is called Rooms.

So what's the skinny? Well, each 'Room' acts like a Facebook newsfeed or tiny message board that gets a name, wallpaper and then, people are invited to share stuff on it like photos, videos and jokes stolen from Reddit.

You can adopt a new identity or nickname in each room if you like, as there's no link to Facebook profiles (or Twitter or any other profile for that matter). Facebook have set some of these chatrooms up already, so you can see what the deal is. Fans of Japanese cup-and-ball toy, Kendama, are in for a treat.

In an even more backward looking thing, you are invited to the chatrooms via QR codes. Honestly. Are we going to see people redesigning pages with CricketSoda like they did with their old MySpace pages?

It looks like Facebook have seen the sprawling, but addictive mess that is Reddit and decided to try and ape it, of a fashion. By giving users the control of a page's content, they hope that it'll end up a bustling area for discussion. However, thanks to it being mobile-only and users need to be invited to these chatrooms, they may have hit a stumbling block.

Will this work? Facebook aren't daft, so it might just take off... provided of course, people are willing to walk away from the services they are already using.

TOPICS:   Social Media

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