Facebook Messenger may get Snapchat-style ephemeral messaging feature
Facebook has started trialing self-destructing messages on its Messenger app, with the feature giving users the ability to send messages that vanish after one hour. Available to a few users in France, the feature can be enabled or disabled through an hourglass icon in the app.
According to a Facebook spokeswoman in a statement to BuzzFeed:
This is Facebook's latest attempt to compete with Snapchat following a failed bid by the social network to acquire the messaging service for $3 billion. In 2012, Facebook launched Poke — a service that mimicked the functionality of Snapchat — but the service ultimately failed to gain mainstream attention and was shut down. The social network also came up with Slingshot, an ephemeral photo-sharing service that requires you to send an image back to the sender to view an incoming message.
Facebook did not mention when the feature will roll out to all 700 million Messenger users. Would you guys like to see ephemeral texts come to Messenger?
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No thank you.
I prefer the minimal design on wp
When they see it. They will be available for them to see it again for one hour.
Snapchat only serve to emphasise the app gap to the prepubescent population that adores it. Facebook is too accessible for anyone to ignore. I'm surprised it's not WhatsApp that Facebook are adding this to.