Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Facebook Takes On Snapchat Stories With Messenger Day

Facebook Takes On Snapchat Stories With Messenger Day

Social media content that disappears in a puff of smoke after 24 hours is so hot right now, and Facebook can't ignore it.

Facebook wants you to be messaging about your day as you live it, much like Instagram Stories and Snapchat.

One thing is clear, however, given the evolution of Facebook's core app and Instagram over the last few years: Facebook is quite good at using its talent and data to monetize its platforms on a large scale, once it gets serious about doing so.

Ever since the launch of Snapchat Stories, the rivals have become copycats of the formula that lets users capture and send self-destructing photos after 24 hours. Now, the social network says the feature is rolling out to users worldwide, on both Android and iOS.

Your friends can check out your "Days" from the Messenger homepage or in a chat window.

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Facebook copied the Snapchat Stories section in Instagram, and then did the same in Facebook messenger in a function that was only available among a small group of users. In February, WhatsApp, a Facebook-owned messaging service, introduced Status, which lets people share images, GIFs and videos as a status update. After 24 hours, each video or photo will self-combust to make way for the next day's adventures. Evidently, Facebook is testing Stories in its main app as well.

According to Instagram, the first places getting more advanced citywide and neighborhood unique stickers are New York City and Jakarta. Messenger indicated that it was moving towards being more of an image-based platform late previous year when it launched a new, more powerful built-in camera. So, tapping on, say, a Brooklyn sticker in a story will take you to Instagram's location page for Brooklyn.

Once you have your photo or video the way you want it, tap the arrow in the bottom right corner.

To add art and effects, tap the smiley face icon in the top right and then tap to add to your photo or video.

The Messenger app allows you to take photos within the app, add cutsy filters, stickers and texts, and then share it to "My Day" for your friends to view.

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