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
Facebook recently launched Jobs on Facebook, a job search engine that could potentially surpass LinkedIn. And it looks like Snapchat is up next. Facebook’s rolling out a new feature similar to Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories.
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?
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?
First Snapchat.Then Instagram Stories.Then WhatsApp Statuses. Now Facebook Messenger Day.I Cant update so many,I only have 1 life?
— • Z A I N A • (@TheZaina23) March 20, 2017
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.
- 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.
- Use Messenger visual effects to add text, stickers, or drawings to your pictures. They’re under the smiley face icon at the top right.
- 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?
There’s no denying that Snapchat Stories and Instagram Stories are very similar. Now, what about Messenger Day? What’s the same and what’s different?
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 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 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!