Facebook Messenger now shows who’s read your messages

In an effort to eradicate some of the challenges associated with text-based communication, Facebook has today updated the iOS and Android versions of Messenger, the social network’s cross-platform messaging-only app.

Demo: SmartDonuts brings social flair to group messaging

Typical mobile group messaging apps are great for staying in touch with a handful of friends, but they’re not ideal for large group chats, like organizations or companies that want to stay in touch with members and customers. Enter SmartDonuts, a group messaging app built with larger groups in mind.

GroupMe to make money from brand-sponsored group messaging

One of the leaders in a brat-pack of group messaging startups, New York-based GroupMe, has just launched its first attempt to monetize its service. It is adding “Featured Groups” to the service to draw in advertising dollars.

Google enters group messaging fray with Disco

Google has just quietly launched a group messaging offering, Disco, both as an online service and as an iPhone app. The new service will face competition from apps like GroupMe, Fast Society, Kik, and Beluga.