Facebook Messenger is ready for Valentine's Day

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Facebook really wants you to use their platform to connect with your loved ones and it is surprising they chose to limit this on Messenger and not extend this to Instagram for example.

The social network announced today that it is rolling out a few updates to Messenger, but you'll only see them "if you newly indicate you're in a romantic relationship on Facebook (AKA make it "FB official")".

Messenger is a special place to connect and share with the people most important to you - whether making date night plans with your partner, arranging a girls night out with your closest friends, or jumping on a group video chat to catch up with your family. When you open the chat, hearts will fall across your screen. The custom emoji is the famous heart-eyes emoji, so you can express your love fast and easy. Valentine's Day was one of the most popular and active days on Messenger last year - we're excited to see if that holds true for this year! The heart emoji is the most commonly used emoji for both men and women.

Feeling the Love with Messenger | Facebook Newsroom

Now look, I feel it's only fair that I admit, yeah, my girlfriend and I have set custom nicknames, and changed the chat colors, and picked a new default emoji in Messenger. Since we are in an era where the use of social networking sites is now part and parcel of our daily lives, these companies also want to capitalize on the day and one of them is Facebook. It's nearly as outdated as believing users want to declare their love by handing over more information about their interpersonal lives to tech giants.

The Messenger camera is also being updated for the occasion, with a heart eyes filter among the new ones being added. The app also has your significant other appear at the top of Messenger's Active tab, which is great for those who chat the most with their significant other. Then tap the star icon to access all of the fun filters and effects.

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