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The secret ad-free Facebook site that’s hidden in plain sight

Published Jan 26th, 2016 1:05PM EST
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Admit it: You use Facebook on your computer a lot, even when you’re not supposed to do it. And often, you use Facebook at work simply because it might be the quickest way to talk to or text your loved ones.

But what if I told you there’s a second website you can use for that purpose that’s hidden in plain sight and that Facebook is not really keen on promoting.

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As detailed by Business Insider, is a site that is basically a version of the Messenger app that’s been outfitted for desktop web browsers. You need your Facebook credentials to log in, and if you’re logged into Facebook it’ll automatically recognize you and let you proceed with the same username.

Mind. Blown.

The site is definitely one to bookmark if you want to use Facebook solely for communication purposes while at work or home. There are no ads and there’s nothing to suggest you’re using – and you’re not.

Instead, we’re looking at a simple three-sided layout that includes a list of your active conversations on the right, the current chat in the middle and an info area on the right that contains a link pointing to the Facebook profile of the current chat, as well as quick access to any photos you may have exchanged in the past. They’re all in one place, meaning you can download or forward them, and even hide them if you want.

In fact, the site looks like what you’d expect from a mobile experience. And yes, you can even initiate video or voice calls from the simple interface.

So go ahead, spread the word. Your friends will certainly appreciate it. According to Business Insider, is used by only about 70 million users each month, which is a tiny fraction of Facebook’s 1.44 billion users.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.