Facebook Messenger Home Screen Ads Rolling Out Worldwide

Home screen ads in Facebook Messenger, which have been in testing in Australia and Thailand since January, will soon roll out to all users in a beta capacity, Facebook announced in a blog post this morning.

The Facebook Messenger home screen currently displays recent messages from friends, "Shared Days," Favorites, and friends who are currently online. When ads roll out, this screen will also feature tailored advertisements similar to the ads already displayed on Facebook and Instagram.
Today we're pleased to announce the global beta expansion of Messenger ads. People already spend time on Messenger interacting and conducting commerce with businesses and brands they love, and now with Messenger ads, they have an opportunity to discover experiences directly on their home tab.
Home screen ads will join "Click to Messenger" ads that drive customers to Messenger after clicking an ad in Facebook or Instagram, and sponsored messages, designed to let companies to send ads to users after an interaction to "re-engage."

According to Facebook, a "small percentage" of people will begin to see ads on the Messenger home screen towards the end of the month as the company begins to build ad inventory. Facebook says ads will gradually be extended to additional users over the coming months as it learns from the beta experience to ensure it is "continuing to deliver the best experience."

Global ads will be available to a select number of advertisers starting today, and those advertisers can begin to add Messenger to their ad campaigns.



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20 months ago
Time to delete the bloated app
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20 months ago
Screw Facebook.
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20 months ago
Just what was missing from this app, Yay Ads! Said no one ever. Worst Update Ever.
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20 months ago
FB was cool back in 2009 but the honeymoon is over. Most have reconnected with everyone they care to by now. Keeping FB at this point for me is just easier than trying to explain to everyone why I'm leaving. Moves like this just make that explanation just that much easier.
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20 months ago
BYE BYE FACEBOOK!!!! H to the NO
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20 months ago

You had no problem using Facebook for free. Someone’s gotta lay the bills. Too many selfish and self centred people today who think everything should be free.


There is a difference between finding a way to pay bills if you are company. And there is trying to squeeze every cent out of you. Which is what it seems like they try to do. I also think ppl are worried about privacy issues, when a company constantly wants to use your info for one thing or another.
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20 months ago
December 2015, last time I used Facebook!! Glad I ditched it.
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20 months ago
Another reason why I use other services.
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20 months ago

Wow. Where’s the premium option?

Monetizing your info is more profitable than having a few folks pay for premium.

Don’t forget, YOU are the product being sold.
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20 months ago
I’m glad I deleted that app years ago. I think Facebook was stupid for spinning off messaging functionality into a separate app. They did it in a desperate attempt to gain market share over other competing messaging platforms but they went about it in the wrong way.

Spinning off messaging into a separate app did absolutely nothing to improve the experience for end users. In fact it made the experience of using their messaging platform more combersome and convoluted for their users.

Users who previously could use the platform seamlessly within the Facebook app suddenly had to download a different app and could no longer communicate with other users who either couldn’t or wouldn’t install it.

That approach was ass-backwards. They should have kept the messaging platform within the Facebook app to keep the Facebook user experience as integrated and seamless as possible.

They should’ve put out a separate messaging app designed specifically for users who didn’t want the full on Facebook app / website experience. Allow end users to download it and either quickly create a Facebook account if they don’t already have one or sign in using their existing account if they do and they’d be off to the races.

Instead they made the experience worse for both existing users who wanted the full on Facebook app / website experience and for new users who might have only wanted to use it as a messaging platform.
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