Facebook may soon be introducing its own chatroom, in the form of a new feature on its Messenger app.
Rumours suggest that Facebook will soon introduce a 'Rooms' feature, allowing users to create public, sharable group chats Tech Crunch also reported that some of its readers were able to launch a chat room with both friends and strangers, with an admin screen showing some features currently unavailable on regular group messages.
A "room" is a feed of photos, videos and text like Facebook or Instagram, but the focus is on a single topic chosen by the person who created it.
Already popular on Rooms: beat boxing, Kicks from Above (cool shoes in cool places) and mouth watering, home-cooked meals, not to mention families who have ditched suburbia to raise their kids on the road and Facebook employees obsessively playing Kendama, a traditional Japanese game.
For Josh Miller, product manager for Rooms, the app is a throwback to the early days of the Web when people from all over gathered in forums, message boards and chat rooms, and used pseudonyms to discuss topics they had in common.
As people spend more time on their phones, they are drifting away from the idea of the Internet as a place to connect with people they don't know in real life, said Miller."Now you can connect with people anywhere around the world who like something as much as you do," he said.
And in Rooms — unlike on Facebook — people can use pseudonyms.