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Remember when you used Facebook to speak to friends, Instagram to share pictures, Snapchat for videos, and LinkedIn for job hunting? Those days are slowly becoming history. Every network is trying to overthrow its opponents, and Facebook is constantly attempting to dominate the social scene

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We took a detailed look at the new feature to find out how it works, what Facebook did differently from Snapchat and Instagram, and why the feature is receiving a significant amount of criticism from the network’s users.

Does Messenger Need This Feature?

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A share-your-pictures-and-videos-in-a-single-post-type feature is something other networks have introduced to their users before. It’s hardly innovative or new. So why is Facebook doing it now?

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According to Facebook, ever since they introduced the new Messenger built-in camera last year, they have seen billions of photos and videos surfacing (17 billion per month, or around 566 million per day), proving that users are enjoying Messenger’s new visual tools. That led to Facebook adding a way for users to share them. And, thus, the new “Share Your Day” feature.

The equivalent feature in Instagram is about eight months old and has been a huge hit. Snapchat Stories isn’t doing too bad, either. Seeing how well the feature worked for those two networks, it seems logical that Facebook would add it to Messenger, given the nature of the app and its focus on user experience. (Plus it gives you something to do while waiting for friends to respond to messages.)

New Feature in a Nutshell

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In short, with Share Your Day you can share pictures and videos by adding them to your Messenger Day, where people can view and reply to them.

Like with standard posts, you can choose who can see your day: everyone, specific friends, or family members only. All of that content disappears in 24 hours, allowing you to add more. Messenger Day is now available for both Android and iOS. Make sure you have the latest version of the app to access the new feature.

Create Your Messenger Day Story

Here is how to create your own Messenger Day in four easy steps.

  • Open the Messenger app on your phone and find the My Day button at the top of your Home tab. Here you will also see thumbnails of every friend that has shared their day.

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  • To add photos to Messenger Day, tap Add to your day at the top of your feed. Alternatively, tap on the camera button (now highlighted with a sun) to take a photo or record a video from your phone.

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  • Use Messenger visual effects to add text, stickers, or drawings to your pictures. They’re under the smiley face icon at the top right.

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  • After you’ve taken a photo or video, you can choose to add it to your story or to share it with one or several friends. Select My Day to share the photo or video to your Messenger story. Photos or videos you share will be viewable for 24 hours.

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Facebook Messenger: Fall in Line or Stand Out?

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Similarities are very much on the surface. All three use a 24-hour timeline, allow you to upload both photos and videos, and are aimed at mobile users. You can control who gets to see your day (or “story”) using privacy settings, and you get to see who has viewed your post.

Unlike Snapchat, Facebook Messenger doesn’t let you save and export your whole day as a video, and there’s no option to choose how long your photo is displayed. However, the biggest difference between all three would be the networks’ audience and different social circles that your posts reach.

Why Are People Complaining?

Those are not all the things that make Messenger Day stand out. It seems that, so far, Facebook is failing to repeat the successful rollout of Instagram Stories. Facebook users have been complaining that Facebook is sacrificing user experience Are Social Media Websites Listening to Their Users? Are Social Media Websites Listening to Their Users? Social media apps try to keep their users interested with fancy new features, but sometimes those updates just don't make sense. These four recent updates to social media sites have us scratching our heads. Read More for a “strategic objective” by forcing this new feature on absolutely everyone. It’s a legitimate complaint, as you can’t disable or hide Messenger Day.

The feature is stuck on the top of your screen, and there seems to be no escape from it. The Messenger Day stories from friends are also quite large in size. Some users find it annoying and unfitting with the overall design of the app.

There’s also a prominent invitation to post to your day, as well as scary “Add to your day?” buttons inserted into your private threads when you share a photo or video. You might find these unnerving if you ever share private or sensitive media Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook Some Things Should Remain Private: What Not To Share On Facebook Ah, Facebook. The grandfather of all social networks, where we all share all sorts of weird things without a second thought. Despite its horrible reputation when it comes to privacy, Facebook still manages to lull... Read More in your chats that you don’t want to be broadcasted.

Finally, people already share their photos and videos on Facebook. For many, the appeal of Messenger used to be its clean, message-based communication, which is now becoming “polluted” by all the extra media content.

What’s Your Opinion?

In the end of the day, it’s more about the app you prefer rather than which network does a certain feature better. While some people find Messenger Day annoying and intrusive, there are hundreds of millions of Facebook users who aren’t using Snapchat or Instagram Stories and would enjoy the Share Your Day format.

Have you used Messenger Day already? What do you think about it: are you for or against? Share your experience in the comments below!

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  1. phil
    June 3, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    how in the hell do you disable it, i cant take a pic when i send a text message, i get some sort of jittery picture instead that wont go through

  2. Andreas
    April 6, 2017 at 4:15 am

    In my world, Facebook has been annoying for quite some time. Actually to the state where I have deactivated my account.

    • Anya Zhukova
      April 12, 2017 at 7:46 am

      How do you find life without Facebook?
      Is there anything you miss about using the network at all?

      • Andreas
        April 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        Well, the only part of Facebook that I "miss", is the ability to connect to those people that you care about, but do not have their phone number. Also the phrase: "Hey, go check out the event on Facebook".

        Facebook could make a smart move, if they made something called Facebook Connect. Only for connections. I am not interested in what a person had for lunch. I don't care if an old collegue got a new keyboard for his computer.

        The amount of information on Facebook is insane. How Facebook manages to lure information out of people is mindboggling.

        So, I prefer to not be a part of Facebook. Had it been what it was back when it started, I might still have had an interest.