Facebook's best-kept secret is a second website that's amazing for talking to your friends

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.

Luckily for you, Facebook has a little-known alternative.

Fire up your web browser, and load Messenger.com.


You're greeted with an incredibly clean interface. You get to chat with your friends -- and nothing else.


At the same time, it has a lot of useful features.


In plain white, it doesn't even look like Facebook — which could be a godsend in offices where the social network is banned.

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And if you're sitting at your desk, it's so much easier to use than any messaging app on your smartphone.


It's very similar to the mobile Facebook Messenger app, adapted for desktop web browsers.


Facebook launched Messenger.com back in April. But almost no one seems to know it exists.

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I conducted an (admittedly unscientific) poll of my coworkers. None of them -- including other tech journalists -- knew it was a thing.

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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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