Facebook is looking to be a jack of all trades with new features coming to its apps.
At F8, the social network's annual conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced several new additions for the company's apps, including Instagram and Messenger, that position Facebook to take on other apps, like Snapchat, Tinder and Houseparty.
The features dive into the worlds of augmented reality filters, online dating, and social streaming, which are all things that popular existing apps already focus on. But Facebook has an advantage they don't:.
The conference has become a platform for Zuckerberg to discuss Facebook's role in the world as one of the internet's most powerful companies. He introduced each of the new features as a way to help bring people closer together --since 2017.
"Across all our products, our goal is to give everyone in the world the power to share anything they want, with anyone, anywhere," Zuckerberg said. "To build stronger relationships, to break down geographic barriers, and to meet new people and interact in new ways."
Here's a breakdown of the new features Zuckerberg announced for all of Facebook's apps:
Watch Party: Think Facebook Live, or Twitch, but the stream has only you and your friends in the live chat. Zuckerberg introduced the feature by usingas an illustration.
"Let's say that your friend is testifying in Congress, for example," he said. "Now you're going to be able to bring your friends together, and you can laugh together and cry together."
Groups tab, Join Group button: The Groups tab brings all your groups together in one place. Zuckerberg said it's so groups can be "more central to the overall Facebook experience."
Facebook is also making a Join Group button available to embed on websites so people can easily join outside the social network.
Dating: Thewho opted in for a dating profile on Facebook. Zuckerberg said your friends won't see the profile, and the feature will match you only with Facebook users you aren't friends with already.
"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships, not just hook-ups," Zuckerberg said. The profiles include your photo, your name, job, where you live and where you studied.
Topic Channels: Zuckerberg said Facebook is redesigning its Explore tab, with Topic Channels. Instead of a compilation of all the images you might be interested in, viewers will be able to browse by topics related to their hobbies and other enthusiasms.
"Now your Explore is going to be even more focused on the things you're interested in," Zuckerberg said.
Video Chat: Now people can video chat on Instagram, whether it's one-on-one or in a large group. People can also minimize the video to chat while continuing to browse through Instagram.
AR Camera Effects: These are camera effects Facebook announced at F8 in 2017. The new development is that they're coming to Instagram, which lets people take photos or videos with virtual effects in the frame, like a cartoon character dunking a basketball.
People will be able to see a library of effects they can use, as well as try out effects they've seen used in other stories. Developers can also create their own effects, Zuckerberg said.
Redesign: Facebook is redesigning the Messenger app with a simpler and cleaner look, Zuckerberg said. The redesign will provide a much faster experience for the app, he said.
AR Camera Effects: Like the effects coming to Instagram, Facebook will also be folding augmented reality effects into messenger. Zuckerberg demonstrated these new features by showing clips of himself with a digital mustache and with bunny ears.
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