Group chatting is a core feature of any popular messaging app these days, so Facebook stepped up its game on Friday with a new groups feature for its stand-alone Messenger. It's a small token, but one that shows the network hasn't abandoned in-house messaging after buying WhatsApp.
The iOS update rolling out today gives group chats a separate tab to distinguish group chats from one-on-one discussions. The new section displays the Groups you've made in a gridded view. You can make new groups in-app, so if you regularly have family chat-fests or weekend-planning sessions with friends, you can divvy up your contacts into their respective groups. (Just don't accidentally put your mom in the Friday night friends group.)
Forgot to add someone to the group? You can now forward messages or photos to someone outside the conversation. Which is kind of creepy, actually.
Then there's the matter of group chats that spiral out of control with constant messages. One of Messenger's best features is the ability to tune out groups for an hour, overnight, or whenever you want to jump back in. You can easily turn notifications back on when you're ready to catch up on what everyone's been chatting about for the last few hours.
Your group chats still pop up in your main Messenger feed, so you don't have to use the new tab if you want--but having all your groups pinned in one place makes it easier to sort through your conversations. And don't worry: despite all the changes, one thing remains the same: You can still send people stickers. Phew.
According to TechCrunch, Android users can expect to see this update's new features soon.