Facebook Stories sweetens birthdays with a new feature

Facebook has been serving as the platform for people to connect with friends and celebrate important moments, like birthdays. Now, Facebook is launching Birthday Stories globally, allowing friends, family and everyone in one’s community to add digital birthday cards, photos or videos to a story, celebrating the user’s big day. The result is a happy birthday message that’s visual, memorable, interactive and fun – it’s like getting a personalised birthday card from everyone, no matter where they are in the world. 

500 million people use Facebook Stories every day. This community has shown 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. 

To use this feature, one needs to just tap on the birthday notification, shoot or upload a photo or short video or use one of Facebook’s digital birthday cards, and instantly get a birthday wish. People can even add a music sticker to give their story a “Happy Birthday” soundtrack. Then, the wish gets added to one’s friend’s birthday story, creating a personalised slideshow for them. 

Birthday Stories Giveaway Day and Bakery Takeover 

To celebrate the launch of birthday stories, Facebook is partnering with bakeries across the US to give away free treats on May 10. It is also taking over Flour Shop in New York City and turning it into a Birthday Stories Bakery from Facebook featuring free sweets. It doesn’t need to be one’s birthday to join the fun, one can just come by a participating location and will get to know how to use the new feature.


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