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Snapchat, Facebook’s rival, now gets a ‘Search’ feature

Facebook rival Snapchat has now launched a new Search feature for its application. The new feature will help users find videos or content that are present on the app.

tech Updated: Apr 01, 2017 14:32 IST
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Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook’s competition Snapchat has released a mew Search option for its users. Facebook has been emulating Snapchat features in a bid to outrun the popularity of the video-based social media firm.(AFP)

Few days after Facebook got a Snapchat-like “Stories” update that lets users add effects to their photos and videos, Snap Inc has introduced a “Search” option that would give users power to search through the content they posted on its app.

Snapchat will enable users to search for photos and videos known as “Snaps” posted to the “Our Story” option on the app, by creating new “Stories” using machine learning technology, the company said in a blog post on Friday.

For instance, users can use the search feature to find “Snaps” related to events such as local basketball games and topics such as puppies.

The search feature, which was rolled out in some cities on Friday, is an addition to curated “Stories,” where public “Snaps” about major events like Wimbledon or the Coachella music festival already appear.

First introduced by Snapchat, “Our Story” feature is a slideshow of user content that disappears after 24 hours.

Earlier this week, social media giant Facebook gave its users access to the new Facebook Camera feature in its app that lets them add effects to their photos and videos.

Facebook-owned Instagram and WhatsApp already got “Stories” update before Facebook rolled it out to its users.

After this update, the Facebook users could now share their content to a Snapchat clone called ‘Facebook Stories’ that appears above News Feed on mobile and works similar to Instagram’s 24-hour slideshows.

First Published: Apr 01, 2017 14:31 IST