Facebook is trying to “reinvent the inbox” with Home, a new tab in the mobile Messenger app designed to make it easier to start conversations with the service’s more than 900 million unique mostly users. David Marcus, Facebook’s Messenger boss, said on Thursday that with the new Home tab his company is aiming to make Messenger simpler to use by presenting more relevant information.
“Up until now, most inbox experiences haven’t kept up with the new ways people connect,” the company explained. “So, we’ve been thinking about how we can make it simpler and easier to find what you want to start a conversation.”
Home brings together your past conversations and various options to connect with others in one central place in the tab area alongside the bottom of the Messenger app.
A few of your most recent messages are listed at the top. Right below is a new Favorites section which highlights people you message most frequently, so you can quickly pick up your last conversation.
And an Active Now section helps surface people Facebook thinks you might want to contact, such as seeing that a good friend or colleague is available in the moment.
“We’re also adding helpful reminders like people’s birthdays so you can wish them a happy day,” said Facebook.
What do you think about the new Home for Messenger?