SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Social networking site Facebook has launched a messenger application for iPhone and Android smartphones to help users stay in touch.

Facebook Messenger is trying to compete with Blackberry’s messenger service.

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KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said through the new application you can send one of your Facebook friends, or any of your contacts, a message in a number of ways.

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid:

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“It can be delivered to them via Facebook as a Facebook message, it could be delivered to them as a text message and if they get a Facebook message and they have notifications turned on, it might get to them as an email,” Magid said.

Magid said Facebook Messenger is a standalone application that’s simpler and faster than the current Facebook app which is solely for that social network environment.

You can hear Larry Magid’s Tech Report Monday through Friday at 3:50pm on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM.

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