One unique thing about competition is that it brings out the creative ability in you. You always want to stay ahead of the chasing pack—and so this calls for innovation. That is exactly what a feature like Stories has done to companies like Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp and now Facebook. How interesting that all those apps have one thing in common—they all have the Stories feature and want to keep improving on it. It is Facebook’s turn to add some flair to Stories by introducing Boomerang’s GIFs along with the ability to draw in the Facebook Camera.
“3D drawing” is the name Facebook Camera Product Manager John Barnett calls it, and first spotted by Matt Navarra, will bring out your creative ability in Stories. “We wanted to give people an easy way to create with augmented reality and draw in the world around them” says Barnett, per TechCrunch.
AR drawing allows you to draw 3D images with AR on the real world. The tool looks very much like some of the tools introduced by Snapchat, though with some slight modification to make it more refreshing.
3D drawing on Facebook could be the future of AR as it could simplify the process of newbies and people with little idea of how these things work.
The second tool launched by the social media behemoth is Boomerang. Boomerang in case you are not an Instagram user, is a tool that enables you to take animated back and forth clips. The tool, according to Josh Constine, is already rolling out to the Facebook Camera.
Facebook has been doing a lot to make Stories work and competitive with other versions out there. Last November, the social networking giant announced that it was “connecting” Messenger Day with its Stories feature. Posts in either of Facebook or Messenger will appear in the two apps, while viewing will be synced so users won’t be bored with seeing an already viewed Story.
“Starting today, we are introducing a new experience called Stories, connecting Messenger Day and Facebook Stories. Any photos or videos you add to your Stories will appear on both Facebook and Messenger, and will be shared with the same audience across both. We heard from people that they would often share on Facebook or Messenger, save the photo or video, and then post to the other. Now, it’s quicker and easier to capture and share moments as they happen with the people you care about most!” Facebook said at the time.
Over a year ago, Facebook launched its own version of Stories in Ireland. Facebook Stories lets you share ephemeral photos and videos in a slideshow that disappears 24 hours later; the same way Instagram and Snapchat Stories work. Little circles that allow you to watch Stories will appear in the main app above the feed so you won’t miss them.