Looking for a Spur-of-the-Moment Conversation?

You have an hour to kill between meetings or you're about to head out on a solo road trip. Or, maybe it's getting late in the day and you still want to hit that goal of Mapping two new people every day. 

If you're looking for who of your friends might be around to catch up NOW, Facebook Messenger is the way to figure it out. If you don't already have the app installed on your phone, go ahead and download Facebook Messenger as a separate app from the standard Facebook app. It's a handy way to keep up with friends and in particular, it gives you an easy way to see which of your friends is active NOW.

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In the screenshot above, you'll see there is a little ribbon near the top. From the default view of your messages, tap on the "Active" tab. There, is a list of all of your Facebook friends who are active now (denoted with the green dot on their photo), or very recently active (# of minutes ago at the bottom right of their photo). These are great candidates for a spur-of-the-moment conversation, especially if you see someone you have been wanting to catch up with!

(One note of warning: based on our tests, the indication of "Active" is about 75% accurate, but not 100%. Sometimes if a person has left a Facebook tab open in their browser or some other black magic of the internet, Facebook denotes them as active even though they are not. So, don't be insulted if someone doesn't get back to you right away!)



Photo by Todd Diemer on Unsplash