Facebook has just launched their latest feature, which allows users to share photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours. This is the fourth time the giant has mimicked Snapchat after introducing the feature on other Facebook-owned entities – Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
Here’s what you need to know about Facebook Stories:
- The feature is only available on iOS and Android mobile devices and is essentially a second Newsfeed.
- It is accessible as soon as you login to the app and can be found at the top of your screen, much like on Instagram.
- Navigation is easy and works just as Instagram Stories, allowing users to skip stories or move forward and backwards in a story.
- To add your own story, you can click on the plus icon or simply swipe across to access the camera.
- The camera comes with a number of filters, including filters that use facial recognition – arguably Snapchat’s key differentiator.
- The pen feature is also a nice touch, allowing users to choose the colour, width and texture of the pen.
- Photos and videos can be shared publically or directly to one, or a few, of your friends.
- Direct messages allow the recipient to view the file one more time within 24 hours after opening the photo or video.
- Comments on Stories are kept separate from Messenger
- At this moment, you are able to see who has viewed your story but not if they have taken a screenshot.
- Your content can be downloaded and stored on your phone as with the other platforms.
The topic of Snapchat being on borrowed time has been a popular opinion for some time now. Is this the last nail in the coffin?
It is already available to all users, but for more information on Facebook Stories, you can visit their website here.