Facebook Messenger Rooms review: The least irritating way to video chat with friends
Easy to create rooms • Invite up to 50 people per room • Free to use • No time limit on rooms
Privacy concerns. The Bottom Line Messenger Rooms allows you to bypass the annoying obstacles of having to download different apps or create new accounts and passwords. All you have to do is start a room, drop a link, and wait for everyone to join in. When Facebook first announced it was revamping its Messenger video chat feature, I rolled my eyes. At this point in self-isolation, I’m suffering from the fatigue that comes with constant video chat sessions. I also feel like there are plenty of platforms out there already: Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, Microsoft Teams. Do we really need to throw another one in the mix?
After using Messenger Rooms with co-workers, however, I didn’t mind it. As with Zoom, you just need to send a URL to start a session with friends or family. (It helps that your invitees aren’t required to have a Facebook account.) Once you’re on the call, it feels like you’re using any of the other aforementioned platforms. You can switch between viewing modes and share screens. If you’re calling in from the mobile app, you can play with some fun and quirky filters.
Messenger Rooms is definitely the most simple video chat tool I’ve used during the pandemic. I didn’t have to ask friends to download specific apps, log into accounts, or plug in passwords. All I had to do was create a Room and drop a link.
Of course, Facebook has its drawbacks when it comes to privacy and transparency concerns, but it’s definitely the easiest option if you’re looking for something that will appease both family and friends. Also, I’m sure we’re all tired of explaining the concept of Zoom to our parents, grandparents, and other technologically disinclined loved ones.