Facebook is stepping up the game per its Messenger app by adding a feature that suggests answers to you when in conversation. These answers, though brief, will not only save you time, it will also help you find the right words when lost for what to reply to your friends.
According to CNBC, the new AI-powered feature will throw in suggestions like “Of course!” and “Definitely!” during conversation. All you need to do when such suggestions appear is to tap on the one that best suits your conversation to respond.
The feature is not entirely new for those already familiar with it on Facebook. Called M, the virtual assistant was first tested among a small group of Facebook users in the past before it was extended to chats; but only at the right time.
To all those already familiar with how Google Allo’s powerful assistant works, Facebook’s M is all about helping the flow of conversation. The buttons are designed using artificial intelligence. Last April when the feature was first launched by the social media giant, Facebook said M was still building its dictionary to help serve you better.
However, the feature was already good at helping you with a few things at the time it was launched. Some of these things include:
- Sending stickers: M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like “Thank you” or “Bye-bye.”
- Paying or requesting money: M recognizes when people are discussing payments and gives them the option of easily sending or requesting money.
- Sharing your location: M can suggest an option to share your location during a conversation.
- Making plans: If people are talking about getting together, M helps coordinating a plan.
- Starting a poll (in group conversations only): Have a hard time making decisions in a group? M lets you set a poll topic and vote in group conversations.
- Getting a Ride: Talking about going somewhere? M suggests “Get A Ride” and shares an option of Lyft or Uber.
What Facebook said at the time the feature was launched last April is that it’s bringing M “technology to support and enhance the Messenger experience and make it more useful, personal and seamless.” That appears to be the case right now as the Messenger app will now become even more popular and interesting to people.
With M, Facebook will be following in the footsteps of other major tech companies like Google. Google for example, is already doing so great with smart suggestions, and is extending the technology to most of its apps, including Gmail, Inbox and Allo.
Google Allo, a chat app launched last September, became an instant hit, especially with its powerful smart assistant. With a single tap, the feature throws up some suggested texts and emoji responses based on your type of personality. For example: “it learns if you’re more of a “haha” or “lol” person so the more you use Google Allo, the more “you” the suggestions become.”
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