Facebook Adds New Rooms App for iOS Phones
In Facebook Rooms, all content must relate to a single topic chosen by the person who created it.Facebook's Creative Labs team on Oct. 23 launched its latest new app for iOS devices, called Rooms, which brings users familiar and unfamiliar with each other together in separate spaces around mutual interests. A Facebook Room is a stream of comments, photos and videos similar to Facebook Home, Twitter or Instagram's feed, the difference being that everything must relate to a single topic chosen by the person who created it. Creators of Rooms and those who use them don't have to use their real names. It's a throwback (Oct. 23 is, in fact, a Throwback Thursday) of sorts to the early days of the Internet, when people -- many using pseudonyms -- used IRC (Internet Relay Chat) chatrooms, listservs and message boards to talk to each other. Using pseudonyms is a major change of pace for Facebook, which has always required that people use their real names. Twitter allows fake names for accounts.
Rooms is also a directly competitive alternative to the types of real-time conversations Twitter and other social networks are able to provide.