Facebook Imitates Snapchat
After months in development, Facebook has launched Snapchat-inspired features, camera and stories on its app. The new in-app camera comes with interactive effects, filters and emojis and two additional ways to share the photos and videos
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After months in development, Facebook has launched Snapchat-inspired features, camera and stories on its app. The new in-app camera comes with interactive effects, filters and emojis and two additional ways to share the photos and videos.
In a Facebook post, company COO Sheryl Sandberg said, “Photos and videos help us share things that words can’t quite express. Today, we launched new tools to make it easier to share what you want, with who you want. Starting this week, when you open Facebook, you’ll see a new in-app camera loaded with masks, filters and interactive effects, and two new ways to share: Facebook Stories and Direct. Let the camera do the talking…”
The camera icon now sits on the top left corner of the app and can also be used by swiping right on the News Feed. “Reactive effects let you interact with dynamic objects — like falling snow — and style effects apply an artistic filter to your video in real time, letting you turn your everyday selfie into a Picasso-style work of art,” said Facebook in a blog post.
Following the success of Stories on Instagram, the feature was brought to the Facebook app. Just like Instagram, the Stories feature lets users share multiple photos and videos which appear atop News Feed and are available only for 24 hours. The Stories will not come up on users Timeline or News Feed unless they post them there too.
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