The imitation game: Facebook is about to steal yet another Snapchat feature


It looks that Facebook is once again getting inspired by Snapchat's features and importing these in its popular Messenger app. This time around, the sights are set on Snapchat's streaks functionality, which is a fun little game that encourages you to send more and more snaps to your pals and adds an emoji to the names of your favorites.

It seems that a cartain amount of Facebook Messenger users have been chosen to test out a similar functionality in the messaging app, which will adorn your favorite Messenger contacts with a lighting emoji provided that you've chatted with hem for at least two days in a row. So far, it seems that there won't be a trove of different emoji differentiating between your favorite contacts, meaning all of them would likely get that lighting emoji and nothing else. All in all, pretty Snapchat-esque.

That's definitely not the first time Facebook has shamelessly copied Snapchat's homework, and probably won't be the last. After introducing ephemeral stories and messages to Messenger and Instagram, Facebook has also duplicated most of Snapchat's face filters sans the dancing hot dog, thank God. Thus, it's logical to expect that Facebook's take on streaks could end up inside not only Messenger, but Instagram as well.

Oh, those millennials...


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3 Comments

1. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

not shocked one bit.

2. xperian

Posts: 418; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Messenger is already very bloated. And it keeps getting more buggy as they add unnecessary features. And I know messenger lite exists, but it's only for android.

3. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Facebook and Messenger take nearly 300mb for a fresh install on my phone and have noticeable impact on battery life. I honestly find the windows 10 versions of the apps to work better than Android too which is just sad.

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