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Apps Started Copying TikTok In 2020, So TikTok Is Copying Right Back

New platform, same feature seems to be the motto for a lot of social media apps lately. While TikTok’s impact and popularity have inspired other platforms to copy its style, the short-form video sharing app is paying the compliment back by testing a new feature from some of its many competitors. According to a report from Variety, TikTok is launching a vanishing-post feature called “TikTok Stories” where posts, like on other apps, will disappear after 24 hours. Though the feature isn’t set to permanently go live on the platform just yet, TikTok seems to be running a trial and error test on ways that users and creators can take advantage of additional avenues to share their creativity on the app. “We’re always thinking about new ways to bring value to our community and enrich the TikTok experience,” a TikTok spokesperson told Variety in a statement. “Currently we’re experimenting with ways to give creators additional formats to bring their creative ideas to life for the TikTok...

Aug 6, 2021

WhatsApp Jacks Snapchat's Famous 'View Once' Disappearing Feature

WhatsApp is introducing a new feature that may look awfully familiar to Snapchat users. The Verge reports that the Facebook-owned messaging app has launched a brand new “View Once” feature on the platform that will allow users to view photos and videos once before they’re deleted. According to WhatsApp, the feature was designed to give users “more control over their privacy” with end-to-end encryption that protects their personal messages. The way the feature works is when sending a photo or video to someone on the app, you can view the media once by tapping the “1” symbol next to the send button. After the recipient opens the message, it will then disappear forever. Now for WhatsApp users this may be a new phenomenon that could potentially grow to be popular on the app. However, for social media users who already subscribe to other popular messaging platforms like Snapchat, this feature is nothing new. WhatsApp’s “View Once” feature is expected to rival that of Snapchat’s stories...

Aug 5, 2021