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Facebook Messenger, Instagram get new chat themes, vanish modeand other features

Facebook has rolled out features like Watch Together, Vanish Mode, and new chat themes for Instagram, Messenger.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | November 20, 2020 | Updated 13:35 IST

Highlights

  • Facebook announced a slew of features for its messenger app and Instagram.
  • Facebook had announced that it will roll out new chat themes for Messenger and Instagram.
  • Another feature that is coming to Instagram is the Watch Together feature. 

Facebook announced a slew of features for its messenger app and Instagram. The social media giant has rolled out features like Watch Together, Vanish Mode, and new chat themes. Facebook had announced that it will roll out new chat themes for Messenger and Instagram. Another feature that is coming to Instagram is the Watch Together feature.

Facebook in its blog post announced that its Watch Together feature is available now. To get the new Watch Together feature on Instagram and Messenger, users will first have to update the app and start the video chat to watch Reels, IGTV and video together.

"When you update to the new messaging experience on Instagram, you and your friends can tune into IGTV, Reels, TV shows, movies and trending videos in real-time over video chat. We're also bringing two new shows, "Post Malone's Celebrity World Pong League" and "Here for It With Avani Gregg," exclusively to Messenger and Instagram through Watch Together," Facebook said in a blog.

Facebook has also rolled out new chat themes for Instagram and Messenger users. This would allow users to personalise their chat window as per their taste. "And we're adding a special chat theme on Messenger and Instagram with TinyTAN, a group of lovable characters created from the seven members of BTS. Once you update to the new experience, you'll be able to activate the TinyTAN chat theme on Instagram and Messenger. Express your affection with emojis, share your favorite songs from the new album or customize your message reactions for your perfect TinyTAN-themed chat," Facebook said in the blog.

The TinyTAN chat can be activated on Instagram and Messenger by tapping on the Settings menu.

The third feature that was announced by Facebook is the Vanish Mode feature. Vanish Mode is similar to WhatsApp's Disappearing Message feature. If you turn the feature on the message will disappear after a fixed period of time. "The third feature, vanish mode, is coming soon and is an opt-in feature that makes seen messages disappear after you leave a chat thread. Sometimes a message is spontaneous something you want to share at the moment without worrying about it sticking around. Now you can send memes, GIFs or reactions to share what you really think but can't always say, without it staying in your chat history. To turn it on, just swipe up in an existing chat thread and you're in vanish mode. Swipe up again and you're back to your regular chat," the blog said.

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