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Facebook launches new Rooms app

Remember back in the old days when you used to visit anonymous chatrooms, build your own personas and just randomly chat with strangers of common interests?  Well that is what Facebook is trying to bring back, but in phones!

Introducing Rooms – a new iPhone anonymous social app that gathers people of the same interests in one single blogging platform called ‘room’.

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"A room is a feed of photos, videos, and text — not too different from the one you have on Instagram or Facebook — with a topic determined by whoever created the room," Facebook posts while announcing Rooms.

Product Manager of Rooms Josh Miller said that the app is like a throwback to the early days when there were certain websites that gathered people from all around the globe in forums, message boards and chat rooms, where they used pseudonyms to discuss about common topics.

Talk about common interest. (Photo Source: usatoday.com)

“Now you can connect with people anywhere around the world who like something as much as you do,” said Miller.

According to the app’s blog, the purpose of Rooms is to transfer the utility of message boards to the mobile world.

The users can have different username and identity for different rooms where they can chat or comment with friends or strangers about their common interests. Well there you go, if you have multiple personalities then this is the appropriate app for you!

Create your very own persona! (Photo Source: theverge.com)

“In Rooms you can be Wonder Woman – or whatever name makes you feel most comfortable and proud, you can even create different identities for different contexts,” wrote Facebook in a blog post.

Change your background and emoticons! (Photo Source: mashable.com)

Furthermore, the app allows users to change the text and emoji on their like button. Each room can also be set to certain level of privacy where users can be as public or as private as they want.

Set your own privacy. (Photo Source: mashable.com)

Unfortunately, the app is currently only available on iOS. No news or plans are announced whether the app will be available on Android or other platforms.

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