Facebook Extends Their Messages "Read Receipt" Feature To Web Interface
Recently, Facebook updated their standalone Messenger app for both iOS and Android platforms with couple of new
features, “read receipts” being one of them. The feature was limited to Facebook’s standalone Messenger app for iOS and Android but the company had plans to extend this feature to Facebook’s mobile and web interfaces. Facebook rolled out read receipts feature for web interface earlier today but as of this writing mobile interface is still deprived of it.
When Facebook updated their Messenger app over a week ago Director of Product Peter Deng told TechCrunch that “SMS has been around for 20 years, but it was built for these T9 phones. We’re focused on leveraging all the capabilities of today’s devices to create a new messaging experience.” Read Receipts is a step toward making Messages more “life like”.
It is highly likely that you will receive a notification pop up that you can now “Reach friends on their phones and know when they see your messages.”. At least I got a notification (screenshot on your right) which took me to Facebook’s updated FAQs page.
When someone sees your most recent message, it will be marked as seen. That way, you always know who got the message, and who didn’t.
Messages are marked as seen if the person is actively chatting or checking their messages.
This feature is part of every message you send, whether it’s from your phone or the web.
At first I thought it’s the same feature but after some testing we can confirm that receipts worked for conversation between two web interfaces. We checked it on Facebook’s mobile interface but they didn’t work. So I believe they’re slowly rolling out this feature.
So yes, there’s no way that you can get away with “dude I didn’t get your message?” now. This feature is also present in iMessage but unlike Facebook iMessage users have an option to disable read receipts. Facebook may introduce this feature later on but right now you cannot disable these receipts.
Let us know if this feature is working on your web interfaces or not.
We will keep you updated on this, stay tuned!