Honestly, it cannot get blatant than this. It looks like there's no stopping Facebook from its copying spree that has resulted in Snapchat's 'Stories' feature now coming to Facebook's main application. This means you can now share stories with your Facebook friends and see what your friends have been up to for the past 24 hours.
The same feature will also allow you to check out pictures, GIFs and short videos from your friends, right at the top of the Facebook app. Basically, we can say that Zuckerberg's team is creating a second newsfeed for the mobile generation. It is swapping text and photo updates with visual communication because it feels more personal.
Besides checking out your friends' stories, you could also add stories of your own. Simply tap the camera icon in the top left corner of the Facebook app. Click, and you can take photos and picture, add effects and drawings and share the result. After 24 hours, posts in your story disappear forever.
So, this means that Facebook now has stories for all its main apps — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. While Instagram’s stories have been a huge success, only time will tell if Facebook’s user base also wants to embrace the story format.
Notably, Facebook has also added new camera effects that let users overlay special effects on photos and videos. They can then share this content to Facebook Stories or to News Feed, and individual friends through the new Facebook Direct private visual messages that disappear once digested or any combination thereof.
Facebook has also introduced a new feature called ‘Direct’ which is basically a brand new format of the inbox that will let users indulge in some direct messaging action with each other. Sure, the company already offered messaging over its platform, however, these direct messages easily remind one of Snapchat’s direct messaging service. This allows you to share photos and videos with each other in direct response to the stories you are trading with each other.