Facebook Messenger Celebrates Its 10th Birthday With Poll Games, Birthday Cash Gifting, and More

Facebook today announced updates coming to Facebook Messenger as the app and service celebrates its tenth birthday. The new features include a new game, tighter integration with Facebook Pay, message effects, and more.

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For Messenger users in the United States, Messenger now allows you to receive cash gifts directly within the app. This is being enabled thanks to Facebook Pay, and when cash is received, it comes wrapped in a gift with virtual balloons.

In the US, we're introducing a new way to receive cash gifts directly through Messenger. When a friend sends you a cash gift for your birthday, you'll be notified on Messenger and Facebook with their gift message wrapped and accompanied by virtual balloons. Once you confirm your Facebook Pay details, the cash gift will be instantly deposited into your bank account. To send a birthday cash gift, go to the Facebook mobile app and tap the button that appears alongside your friend's birthday posts in your Facebook News Feed or their profile.

Within the app, Messenger users will now be able to conduct polls within group chats, allowing groups to easily vote on specific topics and play "Most Likely to."

In more celebratory features, Messenger is releasing a new "Messenger is 10!" sticker pack to users, offering fun effects such as purple balloons or candles. Announced previously, users can also utilize "Soundmoji" and message effects to spruce up their chats.

Smaller features include an updated way to share contacts with other friends and family, and a sneak peek at "Word Effects." According to Messenger, Word Effects will be rolling out soon and will let users add specific emoji effects to specific words.

Top Rated Comments

TheYayAreaLiving ? Avatar
13 weeks ago
I think Facebook is the only one that’s celebrating today.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexandr Avatar
13 weeks ago
and no one shows up for the party :(
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
deeddawg Avatar
13 weeks ago
Instablock for anyone tagging me for the Farmville game.... :D
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GrumpyMom Avatar
13 weeks ago
As someone who is smack in the middle of my 50’s who has seen my peers fully invested in this crap, I am really curious if anyone under 50 really wants all this garbage in their conversations? Is anyone under 50 even still on Facebook?

I remember when I was 30-something and drowning in all those forwarded jokes from every relative and friend over 50 when all I really wanted to know was how they were doing. And Lord help me if I dared to ask (nicely) to be removed from the mailing list for those things. My husband’s aunt didn’t speak to me for ages and one older friend totally dropped me.

I promised myself when it was my turn to be the grumpy old aunt I’d leave everyone the hell alone with the cutesy crap and just stick to business. Yes, I was always a grumpy mom.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WWPD Avatar
13 weeks ago
App birthdays...that's where we are now.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scheinderrob Avatar
13 weeks ago
they should celebrate their birthday by shutting down
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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