Facebook Going Snapchat Away

Must read for facebook users, the social-media giant is testing a feature that would let users time for their status updates to disappear. A facebook spokesman said the feature is part of a small pilot and is available only for certain people using facebook’s ios app.

Several users reported noticing the test on their iphones. One post on twitter showed a list of expiration options ranging from one hour to seven days.

it’s not the first time the social networking giant has tried to emulate emerging social media services designed to be used in the present without leaving a permanent digital mark.

This move by facebook is, however, not for the first time. In 2012, facebook toyed with the concept with a standalone app, poke. Apparently coded in part by ceo mark zuckerberg himself, the effort was described as something of a lark over a holiday weekend.

Poke was shut down this year and replaced by slingshot, a similar app on which short-lived messages show up only once two users have sent them to each other.

The ephemeral has become increasingly alluring in the social-media world, particularly among younger users, in the past couple of years. The way has been led by the runaway success of snapchat, which lets you send photos, texts or videos that disappear in a matter of seconds.

The scheduled deletions on facebook, as being considered, obviously have a longer shelf life than a few seconds. Users might also want to delete updates that would no longer be of use after a short time, for example their location and their travel details.

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