Part of Snapchat’s disappearing message feature allows users to screenshot the conversation to save a photo of the message.
Reports say that Facebook is now experimenting on what could possibly be a “Snapchat killer” with disappearing messages as new feature on Messenger. Testing commenced without much fanfare in France on Friday and a limited number of users are being greeted with an additional hourglass icon. Facebook is in the process of experimenting a disappearing message option within its Messenger app in France, giving users the option to have their messages self-destruct lasting for an hour after sending them.
Now that Facebook is taking a different tack, the question is whether it can steal awaySnapchat’s user base.
Although the ephemeral messaging option will be able to boost Facebook Messenger’spopularity with its 700 million users, this feature is not new and is seen as Facebook’s attempt at taking a shot at Snapchat, its biggest messaging competitor. Tap the hourglass again to turn it off. Though it can be recalled that while Facebook has tried to acquire the SnapChat company for nearly $3 billion back in 2013, this is the first time for the disappearing messaging feature to appear in the Messenger platform.
Slingshot still offered the ephemeral messaging of Snapchat, but offered a few twists of its own, most notably the ability to require a photo in return before a message could be viewed.
This may be a good defensive move for the social network.
The personal digital assistant – dubbed “M” – completes tasks along with seeking out information at the behest of users. This assistant will assist users by answering queries with live human help. Yet, the company has not revealed whether the feature comes to India or not.