The Number of People Now Using Facebook Messenger Will Blow Your Mind
Over the past few months, Facebook Messenger has been pulling out all the stops. With the introduction of Chatbots, payments and even games, the add-on to FB has kind of become its own entity. All the new services are starting to prove themselves worthy — 200 million users have signed up since January alone. And now, Facebook Messenger officially has one BILLION users. (Yeah, billion. With a B.)
It looks like sending those threatening messages to download Messenger or no longer access messages directly through the Facebook app worked. Facebook itself has 1.65 billion users, so the vast majority complied and added Messenger to their account. But, to put the whole thing in perspective: Nearly one out of every seven people on this planet sends a message to someone on Messenger every month.
And the stats for messages sent are CRAZY. Users are sending 22 million GIFs every day — 254 per second. They have played 1.2 billion games of basketball and 250 million games of soccer. And Facebook has noticed that users love to send stickers on special holidays. Over 300 million flowers were sent on Mother’s Day and 360 million valentines on February 14.
So in honor of Messenger’s special milestone, Facebook is premiering animated balloons in chat. To use the new feature, just send a normal balloon emoji and Messenger will send it up and up through your chat. We recommend using it before you somehow anger the Messenger community. You don’t want one billion people turning against you…
How often do you use Facebook Messenger? Let us know @BritandCo!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)