Facebook's best-kept secret is this second website

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.

What’s less well-known is that as well as Facebook.com, the Californian 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 — and it looks nothing like the social network, making it safer to use on networks where Facebook is banned.

Take a look…

First, let's look at Facebook's main website. It has a huge amount of functionality. Photos, groups, news, statuses, and so on.

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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.

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

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

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

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All in all, it's very similar to the mobile Facebook Messenger app -- but on desktop web browsers.

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The site only gets about 138 million visits per month, according to Similar Web. It sounds like a lot, but it's a tiny fraction of Facebook's overall audience. In comparison, Facebook.com gets a staggering *25 billion*.

Head on over to Messenger.com now to give it a try, and enjoy messaging your Facebook friends without any of the social network's clutter.

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