Facebook has been a company which has been around for a short while but has had a massive impact on the world of technology. The company is the name behind some of the most popular apps of recent times, and is probably looking at building its own ecosystem of apps someday. The most popular Facebook-made app is that of the Facebook Messenger. With 1.6 Billion Facebook users, 800 million Messenger users, 1 Billion WhatsApp users and 400 Million Instagram users, Facebook is all set to take shake things up in the world of technology. However, Facebook, while it looks at big things, also looks at smaller things.
Celebrating NCAA March Madness month, the company has now introduced an update where the Facebook Messenger now has a hidden basketball game. To play the game, users just need to send the basketball emoji to a friend in chat, and then they will see a basket in the chat box.
Playing the game is quite simple, and as simple as it is, it is also very addictive.
The game involves simply swiping the ball towards the direction of the basket, and every time your ball goes inside the basket, you get a hoop. After you cross 10 hoops, the difficulty level changes and the game becomes slightly difficult as the basket starts moving across the screen.
The updated changelog mentions – “Shoot Some Hoops: Want to see what’s hiding behind the basketball emoji in Messenger? Just send one and tap to find out!”
This is not for the first time that the company has introduced such a change in the Facebook Messenger, as in the past too, Facebook had introduced another hidden game – Chess.
These small changes are what matter the most in the long run, and not only do they help retain the users, but also help increase app engagement, which is what companies these days are looking forward for.