If you thought Facebook was done copying Snapchat features, think again. Today the company announced ‘Messenger Day’, which brings basic Snapchat story functionality to the Facebook Messenger. The company has copied a number features and brought them to Instagram and WhatsApp, and now the Messenger app from the social network gets the feature where a user can post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.
The announcement of the new feature comes just a day after Facebook added geostickers to Instagram where users can add stickers and illustrations into a story which is relevant to that particular location.
Here is how you can use the new Stories feature on Facebook Messenger:
You need to first make sure your Messenger app is updated to the latest version
Open Messenger, and tap on the camera ring at the bottom. This opens up a full-screen camera where you can take a picture. This can also be done by tapping the “Add to your day” button at the top of your inbox.
Take a quick photo or video
You can add effects and graphics by tapping the smiley face icon. You can also add text over your images by tapping the “Aa” icon, or even scribble by tapping the squiggly line in the top right corner.
Once you are done with editing, you just need to tap the arrow in the bottom right corner. This can be added directly to your day, saved to your phone or can be sent to a specific person or group of people.
With the feature launch, Facebook now has three apps that try to ape Snapchat, making it clear that it wants to bring it down by any way possible. This also brings in a lot of confusion to smartphone users who like posting ‘Stories’ everyday as now they now have multiple platforms to post.