The 900 million users strong Facebook now has an interesting collaboration with Dropbox; the cloud storage company. Facebook Messenger which already allows your share files from your camera roll now wants you to be able to access your Dropbox files directly from the app. In a blog post yesterday, the company said “Videos and images—including animated GIFs—will be displayed directly in your chats. For everything else, tapping Open will bring recipients to the Dropbox mobile app, where they can preview and save files. It’s a quick, simple way to share vacation snapshots, home movies, and laugh-worthy memes with any of the 900 million people using Messenger—whether they’re Facebook friends or not.”
Facebook is using third party services like Spotify and Uber to make its Messenger the chat choice. TechCrunch reported earlier this week that users would soon be able to even communicate with chatbots ..“Facebook is currently providing developers with API tools to build chatbots and Live Chat web plug-ins for business clients, according to multiple sources and a leaked deck Facebook shared with devs. The tools will be announced at Facebook’s F8 conference next week.
Facebook already has a directory for approved marketing partners. It lets businesses find technology and service providers that can help businesses with ads, content, measurement and community management. But Facebook doesn’t yet provide a distinction, badge or separate directory for partners that can specifically assist with messaging.
Developers we’ve spoken to say Facebook hasn’t formalized or named a specific Messenger platform partner program. Still, it’s expected to refer businesses to Messenger developers and a more official partner program could come later. This is expected to be announced at the next Facebook developers conference dubbed F8.
To use this new service, you would obviously need to have both Facebook Messenger and Dropbox apps installed on your mobile device and starting today, iOS and Android users can start enjoying the service.