People have always come to Facebook to connect with friends around day to day life, and celebrate important moments, like birthdays.
On Thursday, Facebook launched birthday stories globally — a new type of story where friends, family, and everyone in your community can add digital birthday cards, photos or videos to a story to celebrate your big day.
The result is a “happy birthday message” that’s visual, memorable, interactive and fun — it’s like getting a personalized birthday card from everyone you care about, no matter where they are in the world.
500 million people use Facebook Stories every day. This community has shown just how creative and thoughtful birthday wishes can be on Stories, like a series of funny photos or a video reminiscing about past birthdays spent together. Sharing these photos, videos and memories can make a birthday so much more special.
Just tap on the birthday notification, shoot or upload a photo or short video or use one of Facebook’s digital birthday cards, and you’ve instantly got a birthday wish. You can even add a music sticker to give your story a “Happy Birthday” soundtrack. Then, your wish gets added to your friend’s birthday story, creating a personalized birthday slideshow for them.
Birthday Stories Giveaway Day and Bakery Takeover
To celebrate the launch of birthday stories, Facebook is partnering with 50 bakeries across the country to give away free treats on May 10.
Facebook is also taking over FLOUR SHOP in New York City and turning it into a Birthday Stories Bakery from Facebook featuring free sweets. It doesn’t need to be your birthday to join the fun; just come by a participating location, and Facebook will show you how to use birthday stories. Details here.
Click here for a demonstration video on how to use the new birthday stories feature.