However, users will be able to set Rooms to private, and only allow those to join when they are approved by an administrator.
This could work well as an add-on for things like larger Facebook groups, where not all the members are also Facebook friends. But it could also help connect people around subjects they want to discuss via messaging, instead of the more formal structure of a Facebook group.
There is a system (protocol) for indicating your desire to talk.
(The host may not acknowledge your question at this time if they need to move on) If you want to make a comment, type an exclamation point and send to group.
After being recognized, you may ask your question or comment to all participants and after that is answered, you may ask one more question or make one more comment regarding the original question.
In September, code was discovered hidden in the Messenger app that referenced a feature by the same name, which also offered some explanation of how Rooms worked.
At the time, text found in the code stated that “rooms are for public conversations about topics and interests.
Another use case could be organizing events or sending out alerts.
That’s something that could be especially interesting in light of how the larger social network has already been used to organize social and political movements — including, most recently, the anti-Trump protests that are occurring across the U. The company has been busy trialing a number of new messaging experiments in recent weeks, many with the goal of challenging Snapchat.
Facebook’s experiment with semi-anonymous social networking centered around interests, via a standalone app called Rooms, failed.
But the learnings from that earlier experiment have now popped up in Facebook’s Messenger application as a new feature called Rooms, which is rolling out now in select markets.
Now, Rooms is becoming available to a wider audience: Australia and Canada. According to Facebook’s explanation of Rooms at launch, as reported by The Courier Mail, the feature is different from group chats because it’s focused on chatting around specific topics with people you may or may not know.