Facebook Messenger Launches Scannable Profile Codes For Adding Friends
Facebook is trying to make it easier to get in touch with people over Messenger, so it’s rolling out a number of new ways to start chatting. As with all Facebook accounts, all Messenger accounts will now have dedicated links that people can visit to start a chat — they’ll all be located at m.me/[username].
The new feature lets you find other people by simply scanning their unique code, Snapchat-style. No phone numbers necessary, and you don’t even need to be Facebook friends to connect.
When someone scans one with their camera, it’ll presumably add that person as a contact. Also, if you connect to someone via their link instead of searching their name, you’ll know you’re definitely speaking to right person.
The format of the URL is m.me/[username]. So, for users that want to chat with a specific friend, they can follow the format and type in the username (which is the same as a person’s Facebook username) to open up a chat window on Messenger.com. Facebook notes that these unique usernames will be able to be set and edited, and the feature will roll out in the “coming weeks.”
Messenger is no longer just a place where you chat with your friends: it’ll soon be a place where you can chat with companies and customer service bots, and have useful information sent to you — like your boarding pass for a flight.
When you consider all of that, Messenger Codes make a lot more sense. If you want to start up a chat with a company’s customer service account, you just scan their code and get started.
In addition to announcing these new features, Facebook also announced a new milestone for Messenger: it now has 900 million monthly active users.
That’s a big deal for Facebook, as it means it has yet another property nearing in on 1 billion monthly users. WhatsApp hit that mark in February. Facebook has been at that point for a while now, and in November it began averaging 1 billion active users each day.