Facebook Testing Encryption and Disappearing Notes In Messenger
Facebook today said it is exploring new features for Facebook Messenger that will give people the ability to secure their conversations. First, Facebook is looking at end-to-end encryption between two devices. Messages sent through an encrypted channel will be fully protected from prying eyes and visible only to the sender and the recipient. Facebook is calling these "secret conversations." Moreover, such conversations will support ephemeral content. Facebook says users can control the length of time messages will remain visible within the conversation — similar to Snapchat. Facebook imagines these tools will help protect sensitive and private information shared between two people. These features are available to a limited number of people now, but Facebook expects to expand them to more users by the end of summer.
Instagram Intros Live Video and Disappearing Photos
Nov 21, 2016
Instagram today announced two new features for its mobile app that expand how people can share photos and videos. First, the social network is marking the debut of live video within Instagram Stories.
Instagram Simplifies Disappearing Message Behavior
Apr 11, 2017
Instagram today rolled out a new style for sharing ephemeral messages with others. Disappearing photos and videos are still shared via the Direct messaging tool, but moving forward they are included within ongoing threaded conversations between people or groups, rather than pulled out separately.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.
'Crowd Surf' Feature from Snapchat Seamlessly Merges Public Snaps
Aug 15, 2017
Snapchat hopes its latest feature, found within Snapchat Stories, will make live events far more interactive. Crowd Surf uses the audio captured at events such as concerts to create a seamless experience, allowing people to jump from viewpoint to viewpoint of all those sharing the experience in Snapchat.
Snapchat 2.0 Features Refreshed Chat Tools
Mar 29, 2016
Snapchat today pushed up a major update to its service that improves the app's ability to handle messages, photos, and videos. Snapchat now lets users transition between these ways of communication with a simpler user interface, and allows people to send videos or audio snippets even when recipients aren't online.