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PayPal and Snapchat beware, because Facebook Messenger has just added a payment service on its platform that is available in in the US.
Facebook has just added a payment service to its Messenger app in its quest to take over the world; well, the media world at least. The social media giant has been constantly upgrading its precious instant messaging app. Long gone are the days when Messenger used to be “that Facebook messaging app”.
Messenger is not a Facebook spinoff anymore, but a powerhouse app of the social media world. And it seems that it can do it all nowadays: instant messaging, voice calls, video calls, games and now it can even be used as a payment app.
The payment is available between two Messenger users, that, as of recently, do not even need to be Facebook users as well. The service is extremely easy to use, it offers great accessibility and it conveys a safe payment environment.
“Add your debit card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient’s checking account.” said Facebook’s Messaging Products chairman, David Marcus.
This feature can come in handy in a great many situations, because the only thing that you need in order to make a payment is access to the internet, and you back card details of course. Then, anywhere you are, you can send money or receive money with just a few taps on your smartphone.
Facebook is trying to perfect its main platform and extend its adjacent branches as much as technically possible. The company is bringing all the apps and websites that are under its wing at optimum efficiency and upgrading them to the highest standards and beyond.
With this perfected army of platforms, it means to take on Google and Microsoft, by winning the appreciation of as many technology users as it possibly can.
The Messenger app has come a very long way from its Facebook spinoff days and it is currently able to provide numerous services in a single app, that its main competitors such as Skype, Paypal and Snapchat can only provide individually.
WhatsApp is an entirely different kind of competitor, because the popular instant messaging platform has been acquired by Facebook and now the two apps are competing in an internal fight, which only puts more money in Facebook’s pocket.
It remains to be seen when the new payment service will be extended further than the US, in accordance to the popularity that the feature will acquire among American users.
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