Facebook is Planning to Launch a Snapchat-like App
Facebook is planning to launch a new messaging service similar to photo messaging application Snapchat, as reported by All Things D based on an anonymous source. Snapchat is also a well known platform for “sexting” or “sexchat”.
Snapchat is a messaging app that allows users to share photos to listed friends. Senders can choose the amount of time the photo will be available to be viewed by receivers (up to 10 seconds). The photo will be removed permanently from the device after the receiver views the photo for the chosen amount of time. Besides photos, Snapchat also allows users to send video. Because of the ability for images to disappear within seconds, many users use Snapchat as a medium for "sexting".
Facebook “Snapchat-like” app will pretty much do the same thing. Users will be able to choose how long a message should be viewable by the message receiver. According to the source, Facebook is planning to launch the app before the end of this year (if the source is correct then Facebook only has less than 2 weeks to launch the messaging app.)
Facebook has been highly interested in mobile messaging applications; WhatsApp for example. Facebook, as we reported two weeks ago, has been interested to acquire the most used messaging app Whatsapp, although in the end the deal did not go down.
Update: in the same week when the rumor about Facebook interested to buy WhatsApp came out, Facebook launched its new update for its messenger which made it possible for people to register without Facebook account.
(Update: Facebook Launches Messaging App Poke)
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12 June 2013 / 13 June 2013