Just this week, we told you that Facebook was testing the ability to let you create personalized cards that can then be added to a friend’s story. Birthday celebrations can now be done stylishly with Facebook rolling out ability to add cards, videos, and pictures to birthday stories. The social media giant on Thursday launched birthday stories on a global stage. With this, everyone can now add digital birthday cards, photos or videos to a story to celebrate a friend’s big day.
“500 million people use Facebook Stories every day. This community has shown us just how creative and thoughtful birthday wishes can be — whether with a series of funny photos or a video reminiscing about past birthdays spent together. Sharing these photos, videos and memories can make a birthday even more special,” Jehan Damji, Product Manager at Facebook said.
To create a digitalized birthday card for a friend or loved one, all you have to do is to tap on the birthday notification, upload or shoot a photo or short video or use an existing Facebook digital birthday card. You can also add a music sticker to give your story a “Happy Birthday” soundtrack. Once this is done, your wish will be added to your friend’s birthday story, creating a personalized slideshow for them.
Birthday reminder remains one of the very few reasons why most people have remained stuck with Facebook. The fact that you get alerted to a friend’s birthday on Facebook is one of the reasons relationships don’t get crumbled—you don’t have to commit to memory a friend’s birthdate since you constantly get reminders from Facebook.
Now, Facebook has given us one more reasons to want to send beautiful birthday messages to friends and loved ones. You are no longer stuck with the old ways of doing things—creativity is now a part of helping a friend to celebrate his birthday.
In other Facebook news, the social networking behemoth is reportedly testing a Trending Stickers section, Manchun Jane Wong wrote on her Twitter page. Users will be able to react to trends with different stickers as you can see.
As usual with such calls, there is not much to say for now; but most of Wong’s previous calls have been spot on—and we don’t expect this to be any different. We might not get any official reaction to this, but we expect an update anytime soon—maybe.
The company also recently added a set of Call to Action [CTA] stickers for Pages. The stickers will allow businesses to make more effective use of stories via direct response tools. The buttons mirror the existing CTA options available in the main header of business Pages. Users can now prompt Stories viewers to “Shop Now,” “Get Directions” or “Book” directly from the Stories feed as can be seen below.
It is a big one for businesses; especially those considering the option of using Stories as a digital marketing process. Regardless of how young Facebook’s Stories still is, and considering the fact Instagram provides a better option, businesses might want to stick with the social media behemoth due to its potentials.