It seems Facebook won’t stop at anything to pile more and more features on the Messenger platform and the latest test is rather interesting.
The new feature is called Conversation Topics and it was spotted by one Chris Messina and decided to post a screenshot of it on Twitter.
— 🕸Chris Messina (@chrismessina) October 16, 2016
As you can see, the feature looks like it is obtaining information from your Facebook account (Messenger is deeply linked with Facebook) and it gives you details of what the contact has been upto. In the case above, it wanted him to talk about the various visits on certain places which is actually a good way to start a conversation with a friend.
The feature has its own dedicated section on the homescreen where you see the suggestion under the contact’s name and an indicator on the right to show if they are online. Other features that could be featured within Conversation Topics include events that your friends have attended or what they are listening to.
— (((Dan Simpson))) (@iamthedans) October 11, 2016
This test can be seen as a move made by the social networking giant to make sure that the 1 billion plus Messenger users get more engaged on the platform. They have been doing such tests of late like the limited Snapchat-like experience which they call Messenger Day which allows you to share your experiences of the day that disappear in 24 hours. Also, they stealthily updated Messenger with a way to let you chat in secret where the messages disappear within a set time.
Well this test is being conducted to a few users and probably might be released to everyone in the future (who knows!)