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Facebook Messenger copies Snapchat Stories to stay hipCan Snapchat survive an attack of the clones? First Facebook's Instagram and WhatsApp played copycat. Now you can share similar photos and video on Messenger, too.
Facebook just got way more Snapchatty. The message or chat app now has a feature that is just like Snapchat's stories. You can throw words and doodles and stickers on a video or photo and post it for all of your friends to see for 24 hours. And then poof, it disappears. But instead of stories, Facebook calls it Messenger Day, and it is rolling out globally now iOS and Android users. But keep in mind this is not on the main Facebook app, this is all within the separate Messenger app. Use it as a creative way to tell folks on Messenger how you're feeling, what adventures you're having, or if you want just share your [UNKNOWN] moments with specific friends. There are more than 5000 effects to add to videos an photos. And [UNKNOWN] messenger it's easy to chat to reply to someones day post and then start a convo. It also works the other way round, if you send something to one friend you're gonna get a prompt, To add that photo or video to your day for more people to see. Of course, this is not the first app to copy Snapchat's fun photo story concept. Instagram has also been doing this, and WhatsApp also added the feature, both companies which happen to be owned by Facebook. People want to share their lives through photos and make it fun with filters and effects. Snapchat got it right and Facebook wants to mimic that magic. The whole can't beat them, join them, philosophy. But this could really sting for Snapchat. Facebook has more than 1.8 billion active users, Whatsapp has 1.2 billion, Instagram has more than 600 million. And Snapchat, which sparked this whole phenomenon, well, it's tiny in comparison, with 158 million people. Maybe it won't matter who was first when others are bigger. I'm Bridget Keri, and you can learn more tips and tricks of using the new Messenger Day feature at Cnet.com.