Facebook announces plans to kill Beluga

Facebook has announced how it will kill off Beluga, the predecessor to Facebook Messenger. Beluga users should be aware of two important dates: November 11 and December 15.

The Facebook Messenger app is currently available worldwide in 22 languages. Facebook has deemed this good enough to discontinue the group messaging service Beluga, Facebook Messenger's predecessor. Beluga will still be available for a little while, but Facebook is going to phase it out over the next few weeks.

More specifically, starting November 11, you'll no longer be able to use Beluga to send messages. You will still be able to get to your old messages on the Beluga app and website. Thankfully, Facebook is letting you download an archive of your pods from belugapods.com.

The real kill date is December 15. From that point on, the Beluga service will shut down completely, and you'll no longer be able to access your old pods or messages. If you want to keep messaging, you should switch to another service before then.

"We'd like to thank you all for being such enthusiastic and loyal users," a Beluga spokesperson said ina statement. "We'll continue to use your feedback to improve Messenger and make messaging your friends easier, faster and more fun."

Facebook acquired Beluga, available for Android and iOS, earlier this year. The company rebranded the app, spiffed it up a bit, and released it as Facebook Messenger. Earlier this month, it added support for BlackBerry.

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