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Opera’s latest update for its desktop browser makes its easier to stay on top of conversations from various messaging apps, by baking their services right into the app.

Fire up Opera and you’ll now be able to access Facebook’s Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram right from the browser’s sidebar. You can switch between them whenever you like, pin the messaging tab for easier access and use shortcuts to jump from one service to the other.

 

Additionally, you can quickly share images to these services by dragging and dropping photos on the messenger’s icon.

 

I was grateful for desktop versions of these apps when they launched, because they freed me from having to pick up my phone to reply to messages ever so often. But with so many of them to juggle, the number of extra browser tabs adds up quickly. Franz, which is a free app that lets you run multiple messengers in a single window, helped a bit – but it’s nice to have all my browser tabs and chats in a single app.Opera previously added features like a built-in adblocker and a free VPN service. You can grab the latest version of Opera for Mac, Windows and Linux here.

Source: This article was published on thenextweb.com

Categorized in Internet Technology

Facebook on Thursday announced ‘Messenger Day’ feature which provides a new way to see and share photos and videos on Facebook Messenger.

A few months ago, Facebook launched the Messenger Camera, allowing users to make their conversation better than ever.

“Billions of photos and videos have been sent capturing all those heartfelt, funny and serious messages that make the Messenger community so powerful,” said Stan Chudnovsky, Head of Product for Messenger.

“We love seeing how much fun people are having with Messenger’s new visual tools, especially our most popular art and effects like floating hearts and recently, Mardi Gras frames.”

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Facebook now allows users to share these photos and videos with many friends at once by adding it to their Day where many of their friends can view and reply to them.

These photos and videos will be at the top of the home screen, making it easy for friends and family to  see and message directly about what they have shared.

 

To start sharing their Day, users just have take a photo or video by tapping the camera, customise it with art and effects by tapping the smiley face icon in the top right corner and share it.

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Facebook allows users to be in control as they can add to their Day, save to your phone’s camera roll, or send to a specific person or group.

They can add to their Day as often as they like and show what they’re doing, share their feelings, and what they’re up to in a given moment.

The photos and videos users add to their Day will expire in 24 hours.

Users can also add to their Day from a group or one-on-one conversation.

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After sending a photo or video in a Messenger conversation, tap the “Add to your day” text, and they will be asked to confirm if they would like to add it to their Day.

Facebook also leaves it up to users who can see their Day. Users can customize who can see the content by tapping the ‘More’ icon and choosing “Everyone except…” or “Custom.”

Messenger Day is rolling out globally on Android and iOS devices.

Author : Web Desk

Source : https://arynews.tv/en/facebook-launches-messenger-day-feature-with-vanishing-videos-and-pictures/

Categorized in Social

Facebook is stealing the Stories format and invading countries where Snapchat isn’t popular yet. Today in Poland it launched “Messenger Day”, which lets people share illustrated filter-enhanced photos and videos that disappear in 24 hours, just like on Snapchat.

By using the international popularity of Messenger to spread the Stories format, Facebook could boost retention and return visits to its chat app while becoming the primary place where people post off-the-cuff lifecasting content before they get hooked on Snapchat.

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Sources in Poland spotted Messenger Day and sent TechCrunch’s John Biggs these screenshots. We reached out to Facebook for comment, and it told us “We know that people come to Messenger to share everyday moments with friends and family. In Poland we are running a small test of new ways for people to share those updates visually. We have nothing more to announce at this time.”

Additionally, Facebook says it frequently runs small tests before rolling products out to other regions, but there’s no guarantee it will expand this feature beyond Poland. It’s unclear, but Facebook might not bring it to the US unless it really blows up abroad. 60 million people in the US and Canada already use Snapchat daily, and aggressively pushing Messenger Day there could annoy them. But in countries where people aren’t that familiar with Snapchat, it has nothing to lose by experimenting.

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Much of the feature works exactly like Snapchat Stories, with the ability to draw or add text to images. Facebook’s one big innovation with Messenger Day is the use of graphic filters as suggestions for what to share, instead of just to celebrate holidays and events or to show off your location like with Snapchat’s geofilters.

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At the top of the Messenger thread list, users see a row of tiles representing “My Day” and friends’ Days they can watch, but there are also prompts like “I’m Feeling”, “Who’s  Up For?” and “I’m Doing”. Tapping on these tiles provides a range of filters “I’m feeling…so blue” with raindrops and a bubbly blue font, “I’m feeling…blessed” with a glorious gold sparkly font, “Who’s up for…road trip” with a cute car zooming past, or “Who’s up for…Let’s grab drinks” with illustrated beer mugs and bottles that cover the screen.

messenger_day_shareThis feature allows people to share visually appealing images even if they aren’t great artists or especially creative. These prompts could also spur usage when people are bored, sparking their imagination.

Messsenger is already an app people use all day with close friends, so it could end up a better home for the Stories format than cramming it into Facebook’s core app, which the company tested as “Quick Updates” andscrapped.

The Stories slideshow format has proven to be a powerful way to share more than the perfectly polished pics people post to Instagram. That’s why Instagram launched its own clone of Snapchat Stories, but its CEO Kevin Systrom admitted “They deserve all the credit”. But Facebook suffers from the same problem of people only sharing their biggest life highlights, which don’t happen that often. Facebook is already so stuffed with features and probably isn’t opened as frequently as Messenger.

Now Messenger Day wants to make this casual sharing option ubiquitous before Snapchat can. That’s a similar strategy to Instagram Stories, which I hear is flourishing in places like Russia where Snapchat adoption is low. This is the benefit of Facebook being a giant company earning $2 billion in profit a quarter. It can clone fast thanks to its enormous team, translate and localize features for testing in certain markets, and cross-promote what works with its inescapable feed and chat apps.

 

Messenger Day might not lure many people away from Snapchat, but Facebook could stunt its competitor’s growth by racing to to bring its own Stories to the unclaimed corners of the earth.

Source: https://techcrunch.com

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