Facebook is currently testing out a feature that appears to be a dagger into the chest of Snapchat. Reported by Business Insider, Facebook is taking the idea of Instagram Stories and bringing it to its larger and more popular social network. This limited beta opportunity is currently testing on mobile browsers in Ireland but Facebook will be rolling it out to other countries in the coming months. Placement of the stories will appear on the top of the app, similar to what is currently on Instagram.
Stories on Facebook, just like Instagram and Snapchat Stories, are built upon the addition of video and/or photos. Friends can access the stories and they will expire after 24 hours. Unlike other news items, Facebook stories do not show up on the News Feed or on the poster’s timeline and engagement is done through direct message. Like all other services, filters (or Facebook’s own version of Snapchat’s geofilters) can be added to the media.
We’ve reached out to Facebook for comment, and will update this article when we hear back.