Got camera? Facebook adds more Snapchat-like features

30 March, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Jacqueline Ellis
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Facebook replicated Snapchat's Stories format for Instagram in August and on Tuesday announced a similar release in its main mobile app.

The new features are now being rolled out for Facebook on both iOS and Android globally starting today.

The camera app within the stories also borrows from Snapchat, allowing for masks, frames, and reactive effects to be added to the images and videos captured. Direct will allow users to share their edited videos and photos privately with friends and family without having to post on their feeds.

Facebook has introduced a new feature called Facebook Stories to its app as the social networking giant continues to challenge Snapchat.

Users have options to share multiple media as a "visual collection" (or Story) to appear on top of Facebook's news feed or on their timelines. Facebook is joining the trend of quick videos made popular by Snapchat, by incorporating it right onto your news feed.

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The company is marketing the new update as a new "camera" feature, that offers new effects and ways to share your photos.

As for Facebook Stories, well, you know what this is. With the new "Direct" feature, you can share individual photos and videos with specific friends for a limited time. The updates should already be downloaded if you have the latest version of the app.

The Stories feature is another one of those Snapchat-like features that was first introduced to Messenger. A tap on the icon will open the pics and videos shared by others which will disappear after the passage of 24 hours. With Facebook Stories, simply tap on the "Your Story" button and take photos or videos.

The company is partnering with brands to create masks for upcoming movies Alien: Covenant, Despicable Me 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Power Rangers, Smurfs: The Lost Village and Wonder Woman. You can also respond using text in Direct, but once the conversation ends, its track will be gone.

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