Facebook is copying Snapchat…once again. The company initially copied Snapchat when it brought Snapchat’s popular Stories feature to Instagram back in August of last year. Over the past couple of months, Facebook has been making a lot of improvements to Instagram Stories. Instagram Stories already has 150 million active users, which is very close to Snapchat’s statistics. In addition to Instagram, Facebook is also testing a Snapchat Stories-like feature for Messenger.
And now, Facebook is bringing a new Stories feature to its social network on mobile devices. The company today announced that it’s testing the new Facebook Stories feature with a group of users, but it’ll be widely available in the coming months.
Facebook Stories, as you may have already guessed, is almost exactly like Snapchat and Instagram Stories where you get to see the latest stories from your friends on the top of your News Feed. From there, you can start your own story for a day, or view your friends’ stories.
To start your own story or add more videos/pictures to your story, you can simply swipe left to open up the camera on the app, add stickers, draw, add emojis, text, and more. If you have used Snapchat or Instagram Stories, you should be able to find your way around Facebook Stories instantly.
It’s no doubt Facebook Stories will be a huge success for the company — the company already has nearly 1.8 billion monthly active users and it’s still growing rapidly as more people around the globe get access to the internet. This is indeed a huge threat to a (fairly) small company like Snap Inc. (the parent company of Snapchat) and it’ll be very interesting to see how the company tackles Facebook in the future. Snap is yet to take any legal action against Facebook, but that probably won’t be the case anymore.
Facebook’s Stories feature is not available to all users at the moment, but it’s available to some users on its Android and iOS apps. As for Windows 10, Facebook will likely roll it out once the feature is rolled out to all users.