Facebook’s New Test Feature Displays Whether User is Online from Mobile or Web

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It seems that Facebook is testing a new feature on desktop chat. Now, Facebook chat display the platform of online users’ device. If user is online from desktop, chat display WEB in front of the name. If user is online from mobile app or mobile version of Facebook, it display MOBILE.

Facebook's New Test Feature Display Online Friend's Device in Chat

You can clearly see this new feature in the snapshot attached above. This feature is helpful for all users. If a user is online from mobile, you already know it and will think before initiating chat. Earlier, Facebook displays this data in chat by adding “Sent from Web” or “Sent from Mobile” in chat box while chatting a friend.

Currently, this feature is only available for few users. We have tried contacting Facebook’s spokesperson to know  more about this.

Update:

We have an update on this feature. It is not working fine for users. In the snapshots below, you can see that chat side bar is notifying that user is online via web. But chat box is saying that messages were sent from mobile.

Facebook chat feature

If you are also one of those lucky users who can see this feature in chat, let us know via comments.

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Utsav Srinet

I am Utsav works as Network analyst in HCL. I love gadgets and write about gadgets in Techlomedia

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  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    It is not working fine for users. In the snapshots below, you can see that chat side bar is notifying that user is online via web. But chat box is saying that messages were sent from mobile.

    It’s possible to be using both the web and mobile clients simultaneously. That’s not a bug.

    • deepanker70

      Yes..

      After few more research, we found that this happened when a user switched device and starts using mobile leaving desktop.