Avatars aren’t a new thing but when they’re introduced in an interesting way, they tend to standout, Facebook have officially announced the inclusion of them for people on our continent. Launched yesterday, Avatars in Africa are set to give us new ways to express ourselves online.
In this instance, Avatars are digital personas that enable people to engage across Facebook and Messenger in a more personal and dynamic way. You can use your personalised avatar to share a range of emotions and expressions via a digital persona that is unique to you.
There are many ways you can use your avatar including in comments, Stories, Messenger and soon, text posts with backgrounds too. Avatars will enable let you share your authentic reactions and feelings with family and friends across the app. You can customise your avatar with hairstyles, complexions, outfits, COVID-19 support stickers and more.
Creating one is quite simple, simply go to the Facebook or Messenger comment composer, click on the “smiley” button, and then the sticker tab. Click “Create Your Avatar”.
“Facebook is home to some of your most personal content and we want to allow people to share and react to that content in the most personalised way possible,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional Director, Facebook Africa. “We’re excited to give people more options to convey their identity on Facebook, allowing them to share in a more personal, light-hearted way.”
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