Facebook finally has an alternative to generic ‘Happy birthday’ posts on your friends’ special day. And — surprise — it involves video! Introducing the Facebook Birthday Cam! But before you start recording away, here are five things you need to know about this wickedly brilliant new feature.
Facebook is saying goodbye to boring ‘HBD’ posts and hello to personalized birthday VIDEOS in an effort to break robotic habits and encourage more intimate communication online. Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Well there’s more to this feature than meets the eye and we’ve got all the must-know details right here. Trust us, this is one Facebook change you’re going to want to embrace!
Thanks to the Birthday Cam, routine timeline birthday posts are SO last year. With this new Facebook feature, users are encouraged to ditch the old habit of typing “HBD” or just “Happy Birthday!” on a friend’s profile (aka the least human way to interact with a person) and start recording quick Snapchat-like birthday videos for friends. Fun, right? Here’s the rundown about the new feature:
1. How Birthday Cam works:
On the birthday boy or girl’s profile, a banner will prompt you to capture a video message up to 15 seconds long. Facebook will ask you if you want to record a “birthday video” and then you just tap “record” to start your message. Easy peasy! Just a few seconds go a long way when it comes to wishing your friend happy birthday, and after all, a sweet vid is way more unique than a generic timeline post.
2. The Birthday Cam is only for the Facebook phone app.
Currently, Birthday Cam is just available for iOS Facebook app users but we’re sure with time it’ll be applicable for all users no matter what device you have.
— David Vega (@tridence) February 23, 2016
3. You can personalize your Birthday Cam message with banners.
Before sharing your video to your friend’s wall, the feature lets you get creative with your message by allowing you to add special birthday frames. How fun is that? You just swipe through the series of filters and pick the one that best suits you.
4. Birthday Cam launched Feb. 23.
After its launch, users took to Twitter to express their excitement about the new feature. While most are excited to start using it, others see it as pretty unnecessary. Because after all, you could always just record a video on your own without the help of a new feature. But hello — normal videos don’t have birthday frames, people!
— Luca Hammer (@luca) February 23, 2016
5. Each video made for the birthday boy or girl will be posted separately to the wall of the user.
Although it may make more sense for all the vids to be compiled together to create one large birthday video (like the year-in-review videos that Facebook automatically creates) for the birthday boy or girl, for now each greeting is posted independently — just like your old fashioned wall posts. Maybe a birthday wish compilation vid is something to look forward to in the future?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Will you be using Facebook’s new birthday cam?