If you get a text from Facebook, then you probably don't want to respond -- even if your response is something along the lines of "Stop texting me."
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Google has released more messaging apps than I can remember (Allo, Android Messages, Messenger, Hangouts, Gchat, the list goes on), but the company has never been able to come up with a single service that can easily handle your messages on all platforms the way iMessage does for iOS and Mac devices. Now, Google may have finally figured it out by copying one of Apple's best features: Desktop SMS messaging.
iOS: There are always a few hiccups when you jump ship from one platform to another. If you're switching to Android from iPhone, for example, don't forget to disable iMessage.
When you think of 'burner' phone numbers, espionage and spies probably come to mind. But there are plenty of reasons regular folks would want a burner number, and a few apps, let you create as many as you need. Here are a few ways you can use a burner number professionally, to protect your privacy, and even kill text message spam.
Sarcasm is hard to catch in text because there are no other cues for you to go off of, like tone of voice or body language. That's why it's best saved for people you have a close relationship with, not professional correspondence. And even then, a recent study suggests friends and family still probably won't get it.
Android: If you've used Facebook Messenger for a long time, you might remember the glory days when it could handle your SMS messages, too. For some reason, Facebook took this feature away, but it's back in the latest Messenger beta.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular alternative messaging apps in the world, despite charging most users $US0.99 per year. Now, that fee is going away for everyone.