Facebook’s New Feature for Messenger Lets Users Glance at Fun Facts

November 25, 2017, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Facebook is taking yet another leaf from the book of its rival Snapchat for its Messenger platform. This time around, it’s the streaks feature that finds a place in the instant messaging application from the company.

Streaks, as confirmed by Facebook, is a new feature that will let users have a look at some fun facts based on the chat frequency with their contacts. Similar to Snapchat, conversations will now be adorned by a new bolt icon if you have chatted for more than two consecutive days with the particular user.

Additionally, the feature will be accompanied by a counter that will show you for how long you have been chatting with the particular contact on Messenger. At this point, there is no indication of the expansion of Streaks to other platforms. But given the way it have gained popularity in Snapchat, which also remains the reason for Facebook mimicking it, there’s every chance that the feature could get expanded to other platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp. Currently, streaks is being tested among limited users.

Besides this new feature, Messenger is also receiving another big update in terms of video support. The platform will now support 4K videos, letting you send and receive photos in up to 4096×4096 pixels resolution.

Facebook claims that photos will be uploaded quickly despite the increase in size and resolution. The support comes with the latest version of Messenger, which is now available for the markets of US, Canada, France, Australia, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. It will be expanded to other markets shortly.

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