BEACON TRANSCRIPT – After Snapchat launched their Stories feature, all the rival companies started adding similar options that let their users share with their friends photos that disappear after 24 hours. There is quite a feverish competition on who has the best Stories feature.
Near the end of 2016, Instagram released a Stories feature that was strikingly similar to the feature found on Snapchat. Then, rumors started circulating that Facebook was working on such a feature that they would introduce to their Messenger app.
Now, Facebook announced the release of Facebook Messenger Day, which works on the same principles as Snapchat Stories. The feature has been under testing in Poland for the past six months, but now it is ready to reach all Facebook Messenger users around the globe.
Messenger Day lets you take pictures or select already existing images or videos in your gallery and share them with your Messenger friends. After 24 hours, the shared content disappears automatically. Also, you can customize the photos. You can add filters, text, or whichever effects you want.
Now you might say that this is precisely what Snapchat Stories does. However, there are differences in the way in which the two features operate. Facebook revealed that Messenger Day is a more artistic way in which you can interact with your friends, by being as creative as it gets when you customize your shots.
Also, this feature should help people make plans for interaction in real life, instead of just limiting itself to the online environment. Snapchat Stories is meant to let users share events in their life, without a specific purpose.
Facebook users will be able to add content from their conversations to their day by clicking on the ‘add to day’ option that appears when they send pictures or videos. Also, friends can see on the bottom of the conversation when there is something new, as well as on the feed at the top of the Messenger app.
The new Messenger Day feature will soon be rolling out on the Android and iOS versions of the app. There is not much feedback on the option, but immediately after the release we can expect users to try the feature and reveal their opinions about it.
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