Everyone and their grandmother knows all about Facebook. You can’t not. The social network has more than a billion daily users across the globe.
It’s an essential part of modern life.
Less well known is that as well as Facebook.com, the California tech company has a second, stripped-down website you can use to talk to your friends.
And if that’s all you want to do, it’s a whole lot better than the original Facebook.
Take a look …
First, let's look at Facebook's main website. It has a huge amount of functionality, with photos, groups, news, statuses, and so on.
But what if you want to just message a friend? That's relegated to about a quarter of the screen. The rest is just irrelevant annoyances.
You're greeted with an incredibly clean interface. You get to chat with your friends -- and nothing else.
In plain white, it doesn't even look like Facebook — which could be a godsend in offices where the social network is banned.
And if you're sitting at your desk, it's so much easier to use than any messaging app on your smartphone.
I conducted an (admittedly unscientific) poll of my coworkers. None of them -- including other tech journalists -- knew it was a thing.
The site gets only about 70 million visits a month, according to Similar Web -- a fraction of the overall Facebook audience.
Head over to Messenger.com now to give it a try, and enjoy sending messages to your Facebook friends without any of the social network's clutter.
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