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Forget PayPal, Facebookers in the U.S. can now send cash with Messenger

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Facebook Messenger payments

Facebook has announced its person-to-person payments platform is now available to all Messenger users in the United States.

The scheme, first announced in March, has completed successful trials in New York and has rolled out across the United States.

Direct Payments makes it easy for friends to exchange cash simply by adding a debit or credit card to their account.

It seems perfect for short terms loans, or paying a share of the dinner bill or concert tickets, without worrying about logging into PayPal and sending money that way.

In a post on his page, Facebook’s David Marcus said: “We're happy to announce that Messenger person-to-person payments are now available to everyone in the U.S.! Add your Debit Card and pay anyone on Messenger in a few taps. Money goes straight from your checking account to the recipient's checking account. Easy and safe. As always, give it a try it and let us know how we can make even better for you!

The roll out comes as Facebook places more and more focus on Messenger as an important standalone platform.

Just last week the company freed Messenger from the shackles of the main Facebook experience. Now people only need to use their phone number to sign up rather than their Facebook account.

Read more: Why Zuck forced Messenger on everyone

There’s no word yet on an international roll out for the free to use payments service, but it shouldn’t be too far away.

Wuffer

July 1, 2015, 7:43 am

Well I'm not going the Facebook way....

Philip Cohen

July 1, 2015, 10:56 pm

.In reality this “split” of eBay and PayPal is effectively no split at all …

Neither of these two clunky operators, eBay or PayPal, has much future; certainly not PayPal once the sham “spin-off” arrangements between these two eventually expire. And, even without the destructive guiding hand of the ex Bain cretin, Johnny Ho, the eBay marketplace will most likely continue on its journey down the toilet …

“PreyPal” may presently be number one in the eyes of many online payers but not so in the eyes of the many small business payees that invariably bear the brunt of PayPal’s clunky, unlicensed, unregulated, uninsured, faux banking operations. …

The reality is, Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Android Pay, et al, will soon enough overwhelm PayPal’s petty and clunky contribution to mobile payments (next time you visit Home Depot, ask the cashier how “Pay Here With PayPal” is going—LOL); methinks Facebook Payments will likely soon bury PayPal in the P2P payments sphere (David Marcus certainly made the right move); and the new online retail payments offerings direct from the retail banks via MasterCard (“MasterPass”) and Visa (“Visa Checkout”) will eventually bury PayPal’s online payments operations also—except on the likes of the eBay marketplace where PayPal’s “spin-off” from eBay—a spin-off that Johnny Ho fought against tooth and nail—will go down as the greatest commercial confidence trick of the twenty-first century …

Having said that, it should be noted that, being now into the eighth year of his “three-year turnaround” of eBay, and in the process thereof having brought the eBay marketplace virtually to its knees, the cretinous Johnny Ho is scheduled to remove his destructive capabilities from eBay to the spun-off PayPal, and that being the case, potential long term investors should understand that they invest in either eBay’s or PayPal’s future at their very great peril …

“Money, not morality, is the principle of commerce …”—Thomas Jefferson.

Demonstrably, that principle applies to both eBay and PayPal …

And, not even the criminal code gets in the way of commerce at eBay Inc. …

But, don’t worry, in five years time when the current exclusivity agreement between these two unscrupulous commercial entities eventually expires, they both most likely will be by then on their knees. Methinks by that time Carl Icahn will be then applying reverse pressure to get PayPal’s Johnny Ho to agree to allow eBay to re-buy the dying “PreyPal” operation (for 99c) so that they can both better attempt to continue underwriting each others’ atrophying revenues …

The eBay executive suite—where the incompetent mingle with the disingenuous, the malevolent and the outright criminal, and the just plain stupid …

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