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Facebook is testing a public group messaging service for those who still use chat rooms

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These days, your news feed is getting a bit stale.

Same people, same old arguments about the election, complaints about work on Mondays, and celebrations from last night s big game.

Facebook knows this, so it has been experimenting with social expansion by kicking it back to the days of AIM chat rooms.

Cue the nostalgia, as the company is rolling out a new feature called Rooms as part of Facebook Messenger — the addition is meant to encourage public conversations about topics and interests.

While this probably just means that digital mobs of people wielding pitchforks will expand outward into the public sphere, Facebook is only rolling the feature out in select markets.

It had previously experimented with the feature using a standalone app called Rooms, but it had failed to catch on.

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