Who gets the most views? Snapchat Stories vs. Facebook’s Messenger Day vs. Instagram Stories vs. WhatsApp Status

If you want to be original, be ready to be copied. ~ Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

 

This piece was inspired by two great articles about this subject: Why I’m leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends by Owen Williams and Why I’m Not Leaving Snapchat, and My Friends Aren’t Either: A Response to Owen Williams’ Article by Dakota Shane

Yes, Facebook blatantly copied Snapchat. You know it. I know it. Snapchat knows it. Heck, even Facebook has admitted it when Instagram first announced its play.

Facebook replicated Snapchat’s entire concept of Stories verbatim – three times. Remember, Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp. 

I won’t go into how each version works and the small differences between them. I also won’t bore you with my thinking around why Facebook is doing this. There’s plenty of articles online about these topics. There are much more smarter people than me that can give you their expert opinion.

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It’s 2015 and you know it’s your birthday when…

You know it’s your birthday in this hyper-connected social media world when you get amassed with notifications from Facebook and Twitter, as well as emails from several forum websites that you haven’t visited for 5+ years (thanks vBulletin!).

That being said, there’s some fancy stuff that I’ve seen this morning to remind you that it’s your birthday (if you’ve forgotten):

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What I’ve been reading: w/c 24 August 2015

Why Instagram’s new image orientations is hurting itself; Facebook hits the one billion active user mark; Crown Casino injects $55,555 for local eSports; Why we don’t travel as much as we can; and demystifying Windings.

Welcome to this week’s What I’ve been reading.

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