Facebook adds Stories feature to core app
Social network Facebook is integrating its temporal Snapchat-like Stories format into the main Facebook mobile app, with photo filters part of the action.
Content created using the Stories feature remains available for a limited period of 24 hours, while a number of special photo filters are pulled in from sponsorship campaigns or activated by meeting certain location-based criteria.
Both aspects of Stories have been well associated with Snapchat, itself built on the concept of temporal messaging and a challenger to older social networks; Snapchat Stories was introduced in 2013, with geofilters arriving in 2014 and sponsored geofilters in 2015.
Facebook's in-app camera includes access to sponsored camera effects derived from major studio films "Alien: Covenant," "Despicable Me 3," "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2," "Power Rangers," "Smurfs: The Lost Village" and "Wonder Woman."
A "Direct" feature also allows users to share stories with specific Facebook contacts.
The ephemerality of Facebook Stories encourages users to check their Facebook timelines on a frequent basis; positioning the tool at the top of the Facebook app emphasizes the seriousness with which Facebook is taking Snapchat's challenge.
Facebook-owned Instagram had added Instagram Stories in August 2016.
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