Facebook adds Bump feature to connect with circular glyph

Connect to a new contact on Facebook with a scan

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Mark Zuckerberg just announced a new way to connect to other Facebook users. You can now scan a bizarre looking circular glyph that uniquely identifies a Facebook user. With 900 million people now use Messenger every month, Facebook wants to make connecting and starting conversations with someone new, really easy.

This reminds me a lot of the app Bump that was popular a few years ago which allow two users to physically launch the app and control what details from their contact card flowed through to the recipient. While this was effective and a nice solution to replacing the traditional business card, almost nobody had the app or wanted to ‘Bump’.

Messenger Codes let you just pull out your phone and scan someone else’s code — it’s the new circular pattern surrounding their profile photo in Messenger settings. Messenger then starts a conversation with them. No more misspelled names or mistyped phone numbers.

Messenger Codes start rolling out today.

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