Mobile workers looking to stay in touch with friends and colleagues could benefit from a new Facebook application that brings together text, email and Facebook messages in a single place.
Facebook Messenger works on iPhones and Android devices and is designed to ensure that messages sent to friends and co-workers are read as soon as possible.
"Messenger is a separate app so it only takes one click to get to your messages or send a new one. Messages are delivered through notifications and texts so you're more likely to get them right away," Facebook engineer Lucy Zhang wrote in a blog post.
"The Messenger app is an extension of Facebook messages, so all your conversations are in one place, including your texts, chats, emails and messages. Whether you're on your phone or on the web, you can see the full history of all your messages."
The application also allows users to share location information and pictures, and to contact multiple friends in a single thread, including those not on Facebook by using their phone number.
The application is a direct competitor to the likes of BlackBerry Messenger, the Huddle service on Google+ and Apple's iMessenger, as Facebook continues to push its service into new areas.
Facebook Messenger is available from the iPhone and Android application stores on Wednesday for Facebook users in the US, but no availability for the UK has yet been announced.
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