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Facebook updated to 5.1, upgrades messaging and adds Gifts

Facebook updated to 51, upgrades messaging and adds GiftsFacebook's latest update for iOS makes it a tad easier to start private conversations and share photos with those on your friends list. Version 5.1 adds the handy ability to simply swipe left anywhere within the app to see what friends are currently chatting. You can also prioritize your chat partners and list your favorites first.

5.1 also expands the photo sharing feature, allowing you to select multiple photos from your iPhone or iPad gallery and upload them in bulk.

If these two features sound familiar, it's because both of them largely already exist in the standalone Facebook Messenger and Facebook Camera apps, which the company seems to be using as a proving ground for new features before including them in the standard app.

The update also adds support for the new Gifts option, which -- when it eventually rolls out to all users -- will allow you to send actual, physical items to your Facebook friends.

[Via VentureBeat]

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