Facebook Has Completed Cloning Snapchat As Stories Are Now Available To Everyone

It’s not new news that the social networking giant is ripping off Snapchat. Facebook has added Snapchat’s biggest feature to WhatsApp and Instagram in the past and now it looks like the company has finally completed its copying mission with the public rollout of stories on Facebook.

In case you are wondering, Stories on Facebook was on trial in some countries since the January of this year, so many users have tested and used the features that let someone put photos and videos for 24 hours which live on top of the news feed. Responses to stories are not public as they are sent to user inbox, which, again, is just like the Snapchat mentioned above.

It looks like Facebook is actually serious about Stories as the app will have a dedicated button for capturing them and the company has also added a handful of filter effect to better suit the millennials.

The company is also teaming up with some third parties to create themed filters that currently include Minions, Power Rangers, and Wonder Women.

Stories on Instagram have been successful, and some tech folks have even thought that Instagram’s implementation of Stories is better than Snapchat.

Not everyone will use them ( I don’t even have Facebook app installed on my Smartphone), but it is sure that Stories are here to stay.

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After Facebook and Instagram, WhatsApp is The Latest App To Copy Snapchat

Over past months, we have discussed how Facebook and Instagram have ripped-off features from Snapchat and added them to their apps. While there have been no lawsuits (And I don’t think Snapchat can sue Facebook Inc.) These added features have helped Facebook in increasing the user count a lot. Today, WhatsApp –a Facebook-owned company- joines the traditions of copying features of Snapchat.

From the latest update of the app, users will now be able to set Images, GIFs, and Videos as their ‘status.’ The feature was in beta test for some time, but now it is being rolled out to all users including ones on Windows Phone.

The new multimedia Status feature is an awful lot like the one in Instagram Stories. So much so that you can add emoji, text, and doodles on the status Images and Videos. Once the status is up, everyone in your contact list who is not excluded specifically will be able to see and reply to the status within the app.

Even more interestingly, the Status updates will expire after 24 hours, yup, Just like ones on Snapchat.

With the new status updates, WhatsApp is also trying to return to its root. Back when the app was launched, WhatsApp did not have any messaging ability, in fact, it was only about setting up status so that all of your contacts can know what you are upto.

You can find the new find the new feature in the Status tab inside WhatsApp app on your phone. If you can’t find it, make sure that the app is updated to the latest version from App Store, Google Play or Windows Store according to your device.

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Facebook ‘Borrows’ Snapchat Features (Again)

Facebook is really impressed with Snapchat, the social network has cloned one more feature into its app and this time it is for the Facebook app itself.

Facebook is really, really impressed by Snapchat. So much that after cloning Snapchat stories and naming them Instagram Stories, the social network has cloned one more feature into its app.

The social networking giant recently announced Virtual Masks in live streams and the company is now testing some new photo effects and masks in its main camera app for still images and videos.

In other -simple- words, get ready for more face swaps on your facebook feed.

But it’s not a complete rip-off of Snapchat filters, the photos will disappear after 24 hours -unless someone comments on the photo to start a conversation. And, to make sure people notice the new feature, Facebook will place a camera icon on the top left of the main app.

But wait, Facebook has got inspiration from one more app

Apart from Snapchat, Facebook is also copying some features from photo editing app Prisma. In case you missed it, Prisma allows you to convert your photos into paintings.

It is worth knowing that Facebook tried to buy Snapchat back in 2013, but CEO of Snapchat did not allow that.

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Snapchat Introduces Spectacles, Rebrands itself into Snap Inc

Recently, the current CEO of Snapchat, wrapped-off company’s glass project and it is called Spectacles, alongside with that, the company will also be going with a brand rename.

First, let’s talk about the new Spectacles, these are a set of sunglasses that cost $130. The Spectacles have an integrated camera with an 115-degree lens.

You can record videos and take photos with the integrated cameras and they will appear in the Memories section of Snapchat. In case you are wondering about the video’s orientation, don’t. Snapchat will have a new circular video format.

Alongside with that, Snapchat will new be known as Snap Inc. the main body will continue using name Snapchat for its app.

When you search for our products it will be easier to find relevant product information rather than boring company information or financial analysis. You can search Snapchat or Spectacles for the fun stuff and leave Snap Inc. for the Wall Street crowd.

-Evan Spiegel, CEO Snap Inc.

It will be interesting to see how the new Spectacles do in the market, considering the glass project did not go well with Google, expectations are pretty high for Snap Inc.

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