Facebook is making its Messenger app a little more fun for its users. The company recently introduced a new feature on Messenger called World Effects, an augmented reality feature that drops 3D objects into your surroundings. Sounds familiar? World Effects is similar to Snapchat’s World Lenses that does pretty much the same thing, but was introduced way back in April.
Unlike placing a regular sticker or emoji on your pictures, World Lenses uses 3D objects. This means that you can pan your phone’s camera from side to side to capture different angles of the effect. For example, place a 3D heart floating above someone’s head, or use the arrow to point at an exact object you are talking about. When you move your camera around, the World Effect will stay in the same location.
Facebook is bringing a handful of World Effects at launch. You can use the heart, arrow, robot, unicorn, and even world bubbles like “love”, “bae”, “heart”, and “miss you”. To use a World Effect, simply open the Messenger Camera, and scroll to choose from the camera effects. Select one that you like, and take a picture, though, video feels like a better option to properly demonstrate the World Effect.
Facebook is currently rolling out World Effects to all of its users around the world.