For example, if you’re coordinating getting a ride to meet your friends, M will pop into your conversation and suggest Messenger’s built-in feature to hail an Uber or Lyft.
M uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to recognize intent in conversations, including (from Facebook):
- Sending stickers: M shares fun sticker suggestions for your daily life interactions like “Thank you” or “Bye-bye.”
- Paying or requesting money: M recognizes when people are discussing payments and gives them the option of easily sending or requesting money.
- Sharing your location: M can suggest an option to share your location during a conversation.
- Making plans: If people are talking about getting together, M helps coordinating a plan.
- Starting a poll (in group conversations only): Have a hard time making decisions in a group? M lets you set a poll topic and vote in group conversations.
M isn’t a feature that needs to be opened or enabled — it will simply live inside your Messenger, only appearing to help out when it thinks you need it. (So M is a House Elf?)
US users will see M roll out today on both Android and iOS, and other countries will be supported in the future.
All images via Facebook.