Everyone who uses Facebook Messenger has probably experienced the situation of receiving a message from an unknown person, where he/she seems to know you or have met you recently, but you have no idea who they are, and therefore you don’t know whether to talk to them or not. Sometimes you ignore them and miss an opportunity or sometimes you do talk to them and waste precious minutes of your life.
Because of this, Facebook is now introducing a new feature, nicknamed Chat ID developed by Tech Crunch, so when someone messages you for the first time and you’re not friends with them, Facebook will now show their basic public information, like “photographer from Nashville” or “teacher from Manila”, which should hopefully jog your memory as to where you met him or her. That information will also be provived for the already existing “Friends”, when they message for the first time, which is nice to remind you, in thoses cases when you forgot who that person is.
Just recently, Facebook introduced the Hello caller ID app (Android only) to help you identify unknown numbers if they’re on your Facebook or if they’re just spammers or any other situation. This show us another direction that the social network giant is moving to, which is connecting you to online and offline people providing information to identify and allow users to more easly manage their communications.
The information provided by Chat ID is only what the user has made public or visible to you, in order to avoid privacy violations. For now, this feature is only available in France, India, the UK, and the US. Hopefully, they’ll soon start the global release.