Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends. The content for each day automatically disappears after 24 hours. Messenger Day plays on the in-app camera that Facebook added to Messenger last year. Like many modern messaging tools, Messenger Day includes effects, emoji, and art for dressing up shared photos and videos. It also supports text for adding comments directly to images and videos. Messenger Day lets users share their story with a single person, groups, or everyone. People can import conversation threads from Messenger if they wish, and Messenger will provide alerts when people share new content in their Day. Photos and video captured via Messenger Day will be saved to the device's local camera roll for safekeeping. Facebook has been testing this feature overseas for several months, but is now rolling it out globally to Android and iOS devices. Facebook Messenger is free to download from the Google Play Store and iTunes App Store.
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