Facebook turns 12 on Thursday, an occasion that the company has come to refer to as Friends Day. In honor of its latest anniversary, it has released new tools to help celebrate how close you’ve become with your friends, all thanks to the social network.
The company has begun rolling out a personalized Friends Day video to its 1.59 billion monthly active users that’s similar to its Year in Review videos, in addition to releasing two special sticker packs for the occasion.
“When people connect, powerful things can happen and lives can be changed,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We see this every day on Facebook. Whether it’s an exchange with an old friend that brings a smile to your face or a new connection that changes your life path, or even the world.”
In newly-released statistics, Facebook claims that its services have lowered the degree of separation between users — it’s now 3.57 degrees compared to the 3.74 degrees in 2011. The company states this is a sign that in the past five years, we’ve grown more connected together.
With its personalized Friends Day video, a stitched together film will piece together special moments between you and your…well…friends. It’s fully customizable, meaning you’ll have full control over what’s featured in order to avoid certain mishaps from happening again. At the beginning, the first “draft” will include photos Facebook believes you’ll like, but you can tweak it however you see fit.
Once you’re happy with it, you can share it on your Facebook profile. It’ll not only appear at the top of your friend’s News Feed and there will be a link to encourage them to create their own. As this tool is rolling out globally, you may not receive it right away — Facebook said that most people should receive this by mid-day on Thursday.
Facebook has also released two sticker packs for you to share with your friends, showing them that you appreciate them. Called “Best Friends” and “Friendship”, they can be downloaded right from the Sticker Store for free and used right in the Messenger app.
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