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Now, Facebook introduces Snapchat like Stories

Facebook on its path to counter Snapchat
War against Snapchat
  • In 2012, Facebook launched Poke which was featured "disappearing chats, photos, and video messages" and was called 'a joke' by Zuckerberg.
  • In June 2014, Facebook launched Slingshot which had similar features as Snapchat but was taken down a year later.
  • In September 2014, Facebook unveiled disappearing messages as on Snapchat.
  • In April 2016, Facebook introduced scannable codes by which to add friends.

  • Facebook to have filters soon?
    FACT
    When Facebook acquired MSQRD, the app of a developer who created animated filters that change the shape of your face, the media was abuzz that Facebook was preparing a war on Snapchat filters.

    Facebook's new Instagram feature to take on Snapchat
    02 Aug 2016
  • Facebook in its bid to take on rival Snapchat unveiled its newest update on Instagram in the form of Instagram Stories.
  • This (near-clone of Snapchat Stories) lets Instagram users to share images and video that disappear after just 24 hours.
  • Users can also doodle over their "pictures or videos, like with Snapchat, and can choose to make the content in Stories public or private."

  • Facebook getting 'inspired' from Twitter's features
    Copying Twitter
  • Facebook introduced the use of hashtags in an attempt to fuel public conversations.
  • Twitter launched verified accounts in 2009 which Facebook is now aping as well. Twitter started offering its video app Vine in January 2015, Facebook has announced a similar Vine-like video feature for Instagram.
  • In September 2011, Facebook began a Subscribe feature which later became "Follow"- a clear' inspiration' drawn from Twitter.

  • Facebook goes live just like Twitter's Periscope
    24 Dec 2015
  • Twitter launched Periscope in 2015 and in 4 months revealed that 10 million users watched "40 years worth of footage every day on the app."
  • Shortly after, Facebook launched its feature called Facebook Live Video.
  • It enabled users to "broadcast and share their whereabouts in real time."
  • After a pilot, the live video started rolling out to Facebook's millions of users in December 2015.

  • Not all of Facebook's emulations work
    FACT
    Examples, where Facebook's emulations didn't work, include the failure of "Deals (a Groupon-like service), Questions (a Q&A product similar to Quora or Yahoo Questions and others) and Places (a check-in function that emulates Foursquare)." All have either been killed off entirely or largely downgraded in importance.

    Facebook unveils its Instant Video features
    03 Sep 2016
  • Facebook added a new feature to its Messenger app allowing users to "share video with friends while conversing with them".
  • From the look of it, "Instant Video" looks like an attempt on Facebook's part to keep up with Snapchat.
  • The feature allows users to "tap the video icon to begin sharing real-time video" and to share a live video stream.

  • Facebook takes aim at YouTube, makes advances with video content
    15 Feb 2017
  • Soon, Facebook will unveil an app which will allow users to view videos on television.
  • Users of Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV and Samsung's Smart TV will be able to watch Facebook videos directly on their TVs.
  • The social media behemoth is also planning to enable sound on users' News Feed by default.
  • These announcements align with Facebook's increasing focus on its video content.

  • Now, Facebook introduces Snapchat like Stories
    18 Mar 2017
  • Facebook has begun selectively rolling out a new feature called Facebook Stories, which allows users to put photos on the mobile app, which disappear after 24 hours.
  • It runs through Facebook's in-app camera which also allows users to apply a variety of filters to their pictures, like Snapchat.
  • The feature is currently being rolled-out in Chile, Greece, and Vietnam.



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