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Facebook takes on Snapchat with temporary messaging service

Facebook takes on Snapchat with temporary messaging service

M Day is like Facebook's Messenger app, but with a multimedia story about your day.

The feature allows you to add pictures to your "Day", where your friends can view what you've been up to in the past 24 hours. This feature is being rolled out globally to all Android and iOS users via an update, and you can manually check Google Play and App Store to see if the update has arrived or not. Image: Henry T. Casey / Tom's Guide.Messenger Day also makes it much easier to use filters and stickers, by placing previews of them prominently on your screen the first time you're making a post, and by using a face icon in the top of the screen for subsequent posts. But according to Facebook, there is a difference: Snapchat lets you relive your friends' day while Messenger Day will supposedly let you make plans in the moment.

Some users have taken to Twitter to complain about the update. With the announcement of the "Messenger Day" feature, Facebook Messenger is going straight after Snapchat Stories as well.

The launch of Instagram Stories past year is thought to have contributed to Snapchat's slowing growth in the third quarter, which was revealed in its IPO documents.

It's hard to find anything new on Messenger Day that Snapchat - or the Facebook-owned Instagram Stories - doesn't offer.

Open Messenger, and tap on the camera highlighted with a sun to celebrate this launch. Or, tap the "Add to your day" button at the top of your inbox to get started.

Posts added to Messenger Day are shown in a banner at the top of the app's "Home" tab. You can then add directly to your day, save it to your phone's camera roll, and/or you can choose to send it to a specific person or group of people. If not, the rest of Messengers features will continue to live on just as they did. When you're satisfied about how your photo or video looks, just tap the arrow in the bottom right corner and it will be posted on your day for 24 hours.

Users can also pick and choose who they want to be able to see their Messenger Day visual statuses.

To choose certain people who can see your Day, tap the Profile icon, tap My Day, tap Custom, and then choose who can see your day. This is your chance to snap a photo or video, after which you can add effects.

You can also select a video or picture placed in a conversation.


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