Instagram has replaced Snapchat as Facebook’s muse.

On August 15, Facebook added some of the Facebook-owned Instagram’s features to their own mobile apps, such as a different take on Live Stories and Boomerangs, through an update to its in-app camera, called Camera.

Live Video In Stories

It seems that the biggest and most notable feature is the addition of live videos to Stories, which was bought over from Instagram’s after Instagram copied it from Snapchat.  When somebody starts a live stream from Facebook’s in-app camera or traditional post composer box, that broadcast will appear automatically within that person’s Story, and will even show up in the normal news feed placement.  If seeing this in your live feed isn’t your thing, it can be toggled off for either the news feed or Stories.  You can even tap the “Your Story” icon in the app’s main screen, defaulting it to only post the broadcast to Story.

Support For Boomerangs

Facebook’s updated in-app camera even enables people to record two-second-long looping videos, similar to the one-second-long Instagram Boomerangs.  Users can produce full-screen text posts with colored backgrounds.

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