Facebook is about to clone Snapchat again, this time in its mainline mobile app

By , Jan 25, 2017

Facebook didn’t stop at ripping off Snapchat’s Stories feature with auto-vanishing slideshows on Instagram. According to a Wednesday report from Business Insider, the social network is currently testing a similar feature in its mainline mobile app.

A company spokesperson told the publication that Facebook Stories will soon start appearing at the top of the mobile Facebook app, allowing you to tap each circle to see a friend’s story.

Your friends will be able to tap through the photos and videos in your Facebook Story, with everything you choose to share automatically disappearing after 24 hours. Content in a Facebook Story won’t appear in News Feed or on your profile’s timeline. You will also be able to reply to someone’s story with a direct message.

“The way people share today is different to five or even two years ago—it’s much more visual, with more photos and videos than ever before,” Facebook said in a statement. “We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want.”

The feature is currently being tested with a subset of Facebook’s users in Ireland before launching officially in more countries in the coming months.

It would seem that Facebook is adamant on rolling out Snapchat-like features across its main apps. Aside from Stories on Instagram—and now in the mobile Facebook app—the company recently launched a similar Snapchat-like visual storytelling feature in Messenger, called Messenger Day.

Source: Business Insider

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  • Marcus

    Facebook has too many features

  • Alex

    Doubt it will be used. Over 3.5k friends on Facebook and I only see 2-3 stories a day. This was hype on release day only.

  • Szabolcs Toth

    Facebook could you pls f***ing not pls? The messenger app is a crapshow enough thanks to this “feature”.

  • João Almeida

    Facebook has no limits. Instagram app is sooo overload and messenger too. Apparently, they don’t see how shit is facebook app and just want make it more.

  • Slingshot, Instagram Stories, Messenger Stories, now Facebook Stories.

    Hate to say it, but I think the fourth one will catch on more, since people mindlessly browse their newsfeed, it’s a small step to mindlessly browse those stories.