Facebook once again is taking a page out of Snap’s book with its newly launched Messenger Day.
Similar to Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories, which Facebook does own, Messenger Day enables you to post photos and videos that can be customized with frames, stickers and text.
The tool offers a lot of control over who sees what.
“You’re always in control of who can see your day — share it with everyone, or choose specific friends and family members on Messenger,” said head of product for Messenger Stan Chudnovsky. “Since everything you add disappears after 24 hours, feel free to add as often as you want. 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.”
To use Messenger Day, you must first have the latest version of Messenger on your mobile device. Once you open Messenger, tap on the camera highlighted with a sun. This takes you into the full-screen camera. Alternatively, you can tap on the ‘add to your day’ button at the top of your inbox to begin.
Once you have a photo or video you wish to use, you can customize it by tapping the smiley face icon in the top right corner and then tap to add stickers to your photo or video. You can also add text over your images by tapping the “Aa” icon, and you can overlay a drawing by tapping the squiggly line in the top right corner.
Once you have completed your customization, tap the arrow in the bottom right corner. You can then add the image to your day, save it to your phone’s camera roll or send it to a specific person or group of people. Any photos or videos added to your day are viewable only for 24 hours.
“You can also add to your day from a conversation you’re having with a friend or group of people. After you send a photo or video, you’ll see the option to ‘add to your day.’ Simply tap that text, and you’ll be asked to confirm you’d like to add it to your day,” Chudnovsky said.
“While you’re messaging with someone, you’ll see if they have anything new from their day, too.”
Messenger Day is rolling out to users worldwide on both Android and iOS.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.