Did you see your Facebook friends sharing avatars of themselves on the social-networking platform? In what seems to be Facebook’s strategy to take on popular Bitmoji avatars, the Mark Zuckerberg-led social media giant has now lifted curtains off its own avatar this week in the US.
Asserting that so much of our interactions these days are taking place online, Fijdi Simo, head of Facebook App at Facebook, said, “It’s more important than ever to be able to express yourself personally on Facebook. Avatars enable you to share a range of emotions and expressions via a digital persona that’s uniquely representative of you, so we’re excited to bring this new form of self-expression to more people around the world.”
Facebook users can try using these avatars in several different ways that includes:
- While post a comment
- While sharing Stories
- While using Messenger
It was revealed that Facebook would soon be introducing avatars as backgrounds in text posts. With so many emotions and expressions to choose from, avatars enables Facebook users you to react and engage more authentically with family and friends across the app.
“It’s important to us that you can personalize your avatar so it represents your unique, authentic self, which is why we’re also adding in a new range of customizations, too —such as new hairstyles, complexions, and outfits,” added Simo.
In order to create your avatar you can follow the simple steps:
- Head to the Facebook or Messenger comment composer
- Now click on the “smiley” button
- Then, select the sticker tab
- Choose “Create Your Avatar”!
This how you get your personalised avatar on Facebook. And if you are not able to make your avatar, wait for Facebook to roll it globally.
Meanwhile, Facebook has also acquired GIPHY, a leader in visual expression and creation, as part of the Instagram team. In a blog post, Vishal Shah, VP Product, said, “GIPHY makes everyday conversations more entertaining, and so we plan to further integrate their GIF library into Instagram and our other apps so that people can find just the right way to express themselves.”
Several Facebook and Instagram users already know and love GIPHY. Stressing that almost 50% of GIPHY’s traffic comes from the Facebook family of apps and half of that from Instagram alone, Shah added that “By bringing Instagram and GIPHY together, we can make it easier for people to find the perfect GIFs and stickers in Stories and Direct.”
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