Have you ever wondered why people seem very active on Facebook messenger, or you get asked why you didn’t reply to a message when you were showing as active? Well, there are some simple explanations for this, and even I was surprised at some of the causes for this.
If you are running either an iPhone or Android device that was made within the last three to four years, both Google and Apple have implemented background processing, in basic terms this means it allows a user to control services or apps within the software that is currently running within the background of the device. I have found on many occasions that this can display a negative result on the Facebook messenger app just because it has been running all the time. Bear in mind that this can be turned off, but with this turned on and leaving the app open will play havoc with this display message.
There is also the major cause of location services within new devices, this is another separate setting that Facebook can constantly look at even with the top option disabled for the Facebook apps or services. Would you believe that your device holds every movement you make? Well, if your phone knows, then your apps will know! You can of course switch these off, but since most apps away from social media require your location, you will hit stumbling blocks along the way. But, again, most device software makes this option individual to apps, you would need to check this on your device because with every software change manufactures make, it changes certain things, and this is one of those things.
Facebook games or connect to Facebook game? They will also play havoc with the active message because most people play games through Facebook, which talks to the session file of your account, meaning it will show as active. Signing up to games using Facebook is something we are all guilty of, it makes life easier because you only need to know your Facebook login details, even at that, if it’s logged into your device, it takes one tap, and that is it you are logged in. Again, this will implement the methods above, and therefor giving a false response even if you are not touching the Facebook or Messenger.
Let’s look at why this happens. Well, in essence, it’s very simple. Your account has session files that are created on the Facebook server at any given time, so if you log off completely these files will be known as ended sessions, and therefore Facebook will keep your last active time or date on their database using a time stamp. When you log back on, a new session file is created, and from that point until you log off again, it will carry on using a session file that continually updates itself and reports certain things to the Facebook services.
Can this be stopped? The blunt answer is no, purely because they use programming languages such as PHP to build and create sessions, these sessions hold your user information upon logging in, and without these you wouldn’t be able to use the Facebook service.
Now, this is the same for any site using session related programming, but some of us nice programmers put in a session cutout, which prevents hiccups like this from happening. I do know that Facebook does have a certain cutout point, but it becomes redundant when you have devices that look all the time at the sessions, and remain talking to services even when you are asleep.
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