Are you Facebook
fan or part of the #Snapfam? Facebook’s latest feature Messenger Day is essentially the clone of Snapchat
Stories. Imitation is the best form of flattery, right? According to Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger, “Millions of people around the world have already used Messenger Day to show what they’re doing, how they’re feeling and to invite friends to join them for activities — or just to chat.“
Users can add more than 5,000 Frames, Effects and Stickers to their Messenger Day photos and videos. Like Snapchat, everything a user posts will disappear within 24 hours and Messenger fans can post as often as they would like. Users can also control who sees their message. They can share their photos and videos with one person, multiple people, or their entire friends list.
How do you use Messenger Day? First, tap on the camera highlighted with a sun to celebrate this launch or the “Add to your day” button at the top of the inbox. Next, take a photo or video and tap the smiley face icon in the top right to add art and effects. Users can also add text to their images by tapping the “Aa” icon. Users can then tap the arrow in the bottom right corner to add directly to the user’s day, send it to a specific person or group, or add it to their camera roll.
Snapchat’s success has inspired a lot of copycats. This past summer, Instagram released their own Stories
. The feature adds a slideshow of the photos and videos a user shares throughout the day that disappears within 24 hours. Users can add text and drawings, and more recently Boomerang videos and website links
. It was also rumored that Apple is working on its own video sharing and editing app
as part of broader mandate to focus on integrating social networking programs within its mobile products.
Facebook’s Messenger Day is available today for Android