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WhatsApp is the latest Facebook product to clone Snapchat stories
Here's another gift from Facebook to Snapchat on the latter's road to an initial public offering: WhatsApp has cloned Snapchat's popular stories format and is using it to replace its old text-based status messages. The feature begins rolling out to WhatsApp's billion-plus users today on Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone.
As on Snapchat, WhatsApp stories are posted from an in-app camera. Once you've taken a photo, you can adorn it with drawings, text, and emoji. Once you post your story, it appears in a new “status” tab, where your contacts can view it for the next 24 hours. You can reply to friends' updates directly from the post.
WhatsApp becomes the fourth Facebook product to clone Snapchat stories. Instagram was the first, in August. It was followed by Facebook Messenger and then Facebook itself, both of which are still testing the feature in a small number of countries. WhatsApp is Facebook's second product to roll the feature out globally.