Face­book adds more Snapchat-like fea­tures

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Bar­bara Or­tu­tay

Face­book is adding more Snapchat-like fea­tures to its app. The com­pany says it wants to let your cam­era “do the talk­ing” as more peo­ple are post­ing pho­tos and videos in­stead of text.

Face­book be­gan rolling out the app up­date Tuesday. With it, you can tap a cam­era icon on the top left cor­ner. That opens up the phone’s cam­era to do a photo or video post. You could post pho­tos from the app be­fore, but it took an ex­tra tap.

Once you open the cam­era, you’ll find Face­book’s other new Snapchat-like fea­tures, in­clud­ing fil­ters that can be added to images.

Other ef­fects, such as an­i­ma­tions and other in­ter­ac­tive fil­ters, are a new twist to dressed-up pho­tos.

Also new is a “sto­ries” tool that lets you post pho­tos and videos that stay live for 24 hours. This fea­ture is al­ready avail­able on Mes­sen­ger and In­sta­gram, which is owned by Face­book.

Snapchat pi­o­neered cam­era-first shar­ing and is wildly pop­u­lar with younger users. Years ago, Face­book tried to buy the com­pany but was re­buffed. Since then, it has been try­ing, with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess, to clone Snapchat’s most pop­u­lar fea­tures.

It might be work­ing: Snapchat’s growth rate has slowed down since In­sta­gram in­tro­duced its own “sto­ries” fea­ture.

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