We have seen Instagram’s response to the popularity of Snapchat’s disappearing photos and videos by adding Instagram Stories to their platform that allow users put up an image or video that will only stay visible for 24 hours. Instagram also now allows users to send disappearing images and videos directly to other users, just like Snapchat.
Facebook is following suit by adding Stories, Your Day, Direct, and Camera features to their Facebook and Messenger apps that allow you to send disappearing photos/videos and to post photo/video statuses that last only 24hrs before disappearing forever. Here’s a rundown of how to use these new features:
In the Facebook app you can see the newly added Direct bar right under the main navigation bar:
Here you can click the Direct button where you will see your inbox of Direct photos and videos. Within that screen you can choose Send Photo/Video which will open the new Facebook Camera. With the Camera you can take a photo or video with filters, doodles, added effects and more before you send or post it.
When you are happy with how your image looks, click the arrow to proceed to sharing. On the share screen, you can choose to Post to your Facebook page, add to Your Story, or Send Directly to the friends of your choosing. You may also select more than one option.
An image added to Your Story would appear like this once clicked on:
You can see the format is very similar to Instagram Stories with the top bar showing the time left on each image and how many images are in the Story, and the ability to send directly to specific friends only.
From the Facebook Messenger app you can post photos, videos, and text images that will be displayed similar to Instagram stories in a top bar under search on the app. Click on “Add to your day” to post. You will see your friends Stories to the right, displayed similar to how Stories are displayed on Instagram and in the Facebook app.
Once in the camera screen, you can select filters and masks that are similar to the options available in Snapchat. There are also plenty of stickers that you can add before or after taking a photo. The masks move with your face and some are animated when you move. If you swipe to the left from the camera screen you can then type a text “status” that will display as an image in your Story. There are also filters and graphics available to spruce up your text status.
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