Facebook recently did a little design-application kicking. Not only has it bought a lot of competition for Messenger, but the company is now trying to make it so that its software can compete with other platforms altogether!
According to Facebook, Messenger is no longer just for text chat. Now an all-in-one communication hub for talking, sending money and even large-scale video calls. Tap or click here to see how Messenger Zooms.
This time, Facebook released a new application that can make free calls to your contacts at the push of a button. Unlike your mobile application, this new program can notify you when your friends are online and available to talk. This sounds good and good, but does Facebook really have to release this program outside of Messenger?
Facebook wants to know who all your contacts are. Again.
Facebook has released a new application called “CatchUp,” which functions as a special audio chat program for users to make calls. Apart from its spice-like name, this application is not only a “topping” for Messenger: This is the complete application itself.
And that’s where the controversy lies in CatchUp. Some users aren’t sure why Facebook will create applications that do exactly what Messenger is able to do but with fewer features.
However, CatchUp has been marketed as a program that helps you “stay in touch with the people you care about.” Compared to standard telephone applications, CatchUp does have the advantage of showing you who is online and available to talk. But, again, this is something that Messenger can do automatically.
But unlike Messenger, you don’t need a Facebook account to run the program. However, registering does allow the program to scan your cellphone contacts and upload them to Facebook servers. Contact us cynics, but it sounds like a way for Facebook to do it even more data – and from non-members, at the time.
If you don’t already have Messenger or WhatsApp and want a way to make free calls, this program might be what the doctor ordered. If you really use other programs, you might not mind what is already known. This is just another branch of the Facebook maze ecosystem.
… and TikTok too!
Not satisfied with just making their own version of almost every other social application on the market, Facebook is also trying to do it make competitors to TikTok – Popular applications that are popular with teen internet users across America. Tap or click here to see why TikTok can be dangerous for children.
Nicknamed “Collab,” TikTok Facebook version allows cooperative use of the same software for singing, dancing, making music, and entertainment. Just as TikTok allows users to create duets for songs, two or more Collab users can work together on a video and share it with their friends and family.
And as part of the existing Facebook ecosystem, you can also expect deeper integration with existing Facebook accounts.
It seems excessive to use this and TikTok at the same time, but Facebook loyalists will have fun with the software, no doubt. Just like Apple, Facebook seems to take a “walled garden” approach to offering its software. Maybe in the future, you don’t even need to leave Facebook to access other websites.
And when that happens, Mark Zuckerberg’s victory over your data and privacy will be completely complete. Tap or click here to see how Facebook stalks you on other parts of the internet.
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