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Snapchat adds video, Facebook plans to build similar application

The newly popular smartphone application Snapchat, which allows users to share (plausibly lewd) photographs to friends and potential mates for a short time limit before being obliterated, has now added video recording to its application.

The implication of even worse inebriated Saturday night ideas (consequence-free sexting [note: it’s not; you can screenshot Snapchat]) has been drowning the Internet ever since. But like any bandwagon, there’s always room for more to hop on, and it turns out Facebook wants to emulate the application with its own “Snap-Chat-like” feature, despite already having access to your drunken photos, according to AllthingsD.

According to unnamed sources, Facebook’s version would allow self-destruct messaging with another standalone application (i.e. Facebook Camera, Messenger, Instagram, etc.).  The application, which is said to be released in several weeks, will allow you to browse your Facebook message threads, select friends to share them with, and  finally allow you to set a viewing time limit just like Snapchat.

The confusing purpose of the application is (how it has been described so far), of course, that the messages listed are already in existence on Facebook. So unless users can draft a message within the application that will be self-destructed and removed from Facebook’s servers, it seems to defeat the Snapchat-like purpose.

Stay tuned as Tech Void continues to follow the development of said time-swallowing smartphone applications.

Source: AllthingsD