It was widely reported that Snapchat turned down a $3 billion acquisition offer from Facebook and we saw after that how the latter started copying one of Snapchat’s most popular features: Stories. Facebook-owned services have introduced their very own versions of Stories, Instagram even calls it Stories, while WhatsApp calls it Status. We’ve known for a while now that Facebook proper will receive a similar feature as well and it has been announced today. The company is calling the feature Messenger Day and it’s rolling out for users across the globe today.
Messenger Day is quite similar to Snapchat Stories. You can post photos and videos so your Facebook friends can view and reply to them. You can choose to share them with everyone or with specific people on Messenger. All content disappears automatically after 24 hours.
It’s very easy to use Messenger Day. First, make sure that you’re using the latest version of the Messenger app on your iOS or Android device. Then launch Messenger and tap on the camera highlighted with a sun. This drops you into a full-screen camera with which you can snap a quick selfie or capture a video.
You can add art and effects to the content by tapping the smiley face icon in the top right corner. Text can be added over images as well by tapping on the “Aa” icon. Once the content has been prepared you can add it directly to your day, save it to the phone’s camera roll or decide whether you want it to be shared with everyone or with just specific people.
If you’re having a conversation with a friend in Messenger and they share something interesting, you can also add that to your day from within the conversation itself.
Messenger Day is now rolling out for all Facebook users across the globe.