Facebook seems to be obsessed with its rivals’ success and it’s copying their features to make the social media website the greatest. After implementing Instagram Stories, which was stolen from Snapchat, now Mark Zuckerberg is doing it again and brings Facebook Stories, another copied feature. Currently, it’s being tested in Ireland, in the mobile app, and it will come to more countries soon.
There is no difference between Facebook Stories and Instagram Stories, as users of the both apps are able to add photos and videos to their personal “story”, then their friends will tap through. But 24 hours later, everything they share will disappear.
Also, everything that’s added to Facebook Story won’t show up in the News Feed and it won’t appear in the user’s profile’s timeline. But, likewise on Instagram and Snapchat, users are able to reply directly to their friends’ stories and they can add selfie filters and geofilters (the Facebook version of Snapchat) to photos and videos.
In a previous statement, Facebook said that “The way people share today is different to five or even two years ago — it’s much more visual, with more photos and videos than ever before,” and “We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want.”
Stories will play an important role in both Facebook and Instagram and it will be an obstacle in Smapchat’s growth. Facebook has developed an unethical behavior and it won’t stop until it will convince more and more people to use features that have been copied from Snapchat. For example, a month ago, Facebook Messenger introduced a new built-in camera for taking Snapchat-style selfies, to doodle not only over photos but over videos, as well.
It seems that Instagram Stories has become very popular as it’s now used by 150 million people. This is the total number of Snapchat active users, and Facebook can be proud of itself for achieving this goal.