Facebook may be porting over one of Instagram’s most loved features, Close Friends. Close Friends was a built-in privacy feature that let you choose to share story content to only a select group of followers, your close friends. “Sometimes what you want to share isn’t for everyone. With Close Friends, you have the flexibility to share more personal moments with a smaller group that you choose,” The Instagram team said a year ago.
Now, Facebook sleuth Jane Manchin Wong has uncovered a similar feature in Facebook Messenger. Dubbed favourites, this feature when engaged would likely let you quickly share content to a select group of friends rather than the current all or nothing proposition.
Facebook/Messenger is testing "Favorites" list for Stories
It's like Instagram’s Close Friends pic.twitter.com/dsIinrX1Zd
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 21, 2019
The firm confirmed to Techcrunch via a spokesperson that this screenshot was an early exploration and not a representation of the final product if it happens. Micro sharing, it seems, is a feature that Facebook has found successful. The growth of smaller privacy-focused app like Snapchat has proven to be a goldmine of ideas for the larger firm. Whether it brings this concept over to its main app seems to a matter of when, rather than if.