Shutterstock/Minerva Studio

Facebook's best-kept secret is a second website that's for talking to your friends

Should Facebook be banned in your workplace, there’s another way around it.

EVERYONE AND THEIR grandmother knows all about Facebook. You can’t not. The social network has more than a billion daily users across the globe.

It’s an essential part of modern life.

What’s less well-known is that as well as, the Californian tech company has a second, stripped-down website you can use to talk to your friends.

And if that’s all you want to do, it’s a whole lot better than the original Facebook.

Take a look.

First, let’s look at Facebook’s main website. It has a huge amount of functionality. Photos, groups, news, statuses, and so on.

first-lets-look-at-facebooks-main-website-it-has-a-huge-amount-of-functionality-photos-groups-news-statuses-and-so-on Business Insider Business Insider

But what if you want to just message a friend? That’s relegated to about a quarter of the screen. The rest is just irrelevant annoyances.

but-what-if-you-want-to-just-message-a-friend-thats-relegated-to-about-a-quarter-of-the-screen-the-rest-is-just-irrelevant-annoyances Business Insider Business Insider

Luckily for you, Facebook has a little-known alternative. Fire up your web browser, and load

fire-up-your-web-browser-and-load-messengercom Business Insider Business Insider

You’re greeted with an incredibly clean interface. You get to chat with your friends – and nothing else.

youre-greeted-with-an-incredibly-clean-interface-you-get-to-chat-with-your-friends-and-nothing-else Business Insider Business Insider

And at the same time, it has a lot of useful features.

and-at-the-same-time-it-has-a-lot-of-useful-features Business Insider Business Insider

In plain white, it doesn’t even look like Facebook – which could be a godsend in offices where the social network is banned. And if you’re sitting at your desk, it’s so much easier to use than any messaging app on your smartphone.

All in all, it’s very similar to the mobile Facebook Messenger app – but on desktop web browsers.

all-in-all-its-very-similar-to-the-mobile-facebook-messenger-app-but-on-desktop-web-browsers Business Insider Business Insider

Facebook launched back in April 2015. But almost no-one seems to know it exists. I conducted an (admittedly unscientific) poll of my coworkers. None of them – including other tech journalists – knew it’s a thing.

The site only gets about 70 million visits per month, according to Similar Web – a tiny fraction of the overall Facebook audience. Head on over to now to give it a try, and enjoy messaging your Facebook friends without any of the social network’s clutter.

head-on-over-to-messengercom-now-to-give-it-a-try-and-enjoy-messaging-your-facebook-friends-without-any-of-the-social-networks-clutter Business Insider Business Insider

Read: Investors are worried that iPhone sales have finally reached their limit >

Read: Uber’s latest weapon in their quest for world domination is a children’s toy >

Published with permission from
Business Insider
Your Voice
Readers Comments
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.