Facebook puts video sharing into Messenger

Facebook has just refreshed its Messenger app to include instant video sharing.

As spotted by 9 to 5 Mac, Messenger users on iOS and Android will now be able to fling short video clips to each other with the service, with footage of up to 15 seconds in length being allowed.

On the Facebook Messenger iTunes page, the update log for version six of the app listed the new feature: “Instant Video Sending: Shoot and play 15-second video messages from the camera right in the app.”

This is an interesting move given that Facebook is about to unleash its own Snapchat rivalling ephemeral messaging service, Slingshot, which allows you to chuck images or video clips over to friends, where they can be viewed before vanishing. Indeed, Slingshot was mistakenly launched earlier this week before being rapidly pulled from app stores – so we can expect that it’s pretty much imminent.

Facebook has also made another addition to Messenger, namely the facility for people to give a really big thumbs up to things they particularly approve of: “Big Likes: Press and hold to send an even bigger thumbs up when you really, really like something.”

While iOS and Android users can enjoy giant thumbs and video flinging antics, Windows Phone users will have to wait, as the new features haven’t come through for Microsoft’s platform yet. Then again, that’s nothing new.

As usual, we’ve spotted the odd complaint with user reviews of the new Messenger app. One Android user said: “It was working perfectly till last update. But your addition of new features brought new bugs and lags to the app which was working perfect.”

However, it seems to have gone down well enough with the majority thus far.