The holiday season is always a time to hang around friends and family to share in much fun and laughter. The feeling is oftentimes indescribable, and the fact that it does not last forever is the major reason we want to make the most of it. Facebook, like every other social media company out there wants to everything possible to bring everyone together. Today, Facebook has announced two more camera modes to get every user on Messenger happy and excited throughout the holiday. It is adding two new modes to camera—Boomerang and Selfie.
Majority of Facebook users around the world will be able to have access to the new features. The features arrived just in time for the holiday seasons—a period when millions of users are most likely to use the messaging app more than ever. According to Facebook, Christmas and New Year are the periods users get to use the app than at any other time:
“With more than 20 million people using camera effects on Messenger every day, we’re excited to be launching even more ways to make your seasonal messages fun, including two new modes in Messenger’s camera — Boomerang and Selfie, along with new AR stickers and holiday effects.”
Selfie mode: This feature allows you to capture portraits of yourself or friends in the Messenger’s camera. When next you take a photo or video of yourself, you will remain in focus with extra glow while the background blurs.
Boomerang: According to Facebook, this feature is added to make posts on the messaging app more interactive and fun.
The aforementioned features are all being added to make using the app easier for everyone. This cannot be farther for the truth—the stats behind Messenger’s growth is hidden behind people’s ability to express themselves in more ways than one.
“With over 440 million stickers sent in Messenger chats every day, we want to make sure people continue to have plenty of ways to express themselves, especially during the holiday season.”
Along with the aforementioned camera modes, Facebook also added some new stickers. The new stickers, which are powered by AR, can be dragged on the screen and be placed on top of your real world videos or photos. Pictures or videos recorded with the camera on your device can be uploaded to Messenger, while camera filters and effects can be added to your conversations and stories.
Facebook is currently testing a feature will allow you watch video with your “favorite people in a synchronized way over group chat on your respective devices while discussing or joking about it.” The feature, which is called “Watch Videos Together,” could encourage people to spend more time on the messaging app, while also encouraging meaningful conversation.
“Watch Video Together” was first spotted in Messenger’s codebase by the founder of deadline management app Timebound, Ananay Arora, and mobile tech expert Jane Manchun Wong. The code revealed Messenger allowing you to “tap to watch together now” and “chat about the same videos at the same time” with chat thread members receiving a notification that a co-viewing is starting. “Everyone in this chat can control the video and see who’s watching,” the code explains.