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In addition, users have reported the similarity between some features made available by the company's platforms and application functions such as TikTok and WeChat, available for Android and iPhone (iOS). Check below a list of the main similarities found between the features of Facebook apps and services from other social networks.
List shows six times that Facebook was inspired by other social networks Photo: Tainah Tavares / TechTudo
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1. Facebook lana 'cpia' from Pinterest
Facebook lana Hobbi, Pinterest's 'copy' app Photo: Reproduo / App Store
Hobbi was launched in early February and is the newest application experiment within Zuckerberg's company. The app is available in the United States only for iPhone (iOS), and there is still no availability forecast for Android phones or for the expansion of the software to other countries.
The application was developed by the NPE group (New Products Experimentation, or Experimentation of New Products, in free translation). The small creative group within Facebook proposes the development of new apps, and Hobbi seems to be emerging to compete with Pinterest. The features of the two services are very similar, allowing you to create and edit albums to organize the layout of photos.
2. Facebook Pay is inspired by WeChat
WeChat a rival app for Facebook applications Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo
Inspired by the wide variety of features provided by the WeChat application, which is extremely popular in China, Zuckerberg's company launched a tool: Facebook Pay. The new feature appears to facilitate bank transfers between users, make purchases in games, obtain event tickets and make purchases through the Facebook Marketplace.
The similarities between Facebook and WeChat do not stop there, as the two applications intend to accumulate a large number of resources, ranging from connecting friends to buying games on the platform. with this pace of expansion that Facebook seems to have been inspired by features from other media, such as the payment functions of the Chinese app.
3. Lip Sync Live on Facebook 'cpia' by TikTok
Facebook also gains Lip Sync and music features in the profile Photo: Divulgao / Facebook
Lip Sync Live, a feature made available by Facebook in 2018 to "sing along" on live videos, very similar to the features of apps like TikTok (formerly Musical.ly) and Dubsmash. The option of recording videos with songs to dub was quite successful in 2015, when Dubsmash allowed users to make short videos by pretending to sing songs by artists and movie tracks. Currently, TikTok is the most popular app with this proposal.
The function offered by Facebook is very similar to the proposal of TikTok, differentiating itself in the restriction to live videos with Lip Sync Live, it is not possible to make edits. The Chinese app has a number of tools that can be used to improve the user's video sharing experience, which includes edits and filters.
4. Instagram Cenas competes with TikTok
Instagram Cenas arrives in Brazil and can compete with TikTok Photo: Helito Beggiora / TechTudo
Instagram Cenas, launched at the end of last year in Brazil, seems to have the proposal to compete with TikTok, since the modality of the very close photo app offered by the short video platform. The new function of the social photo network allows users to record short videos, combining them and playing music.
In addition, with the new Instagram function, other users can discover your Scenes and use the audio shared by you is very similar, too, to what happens with the video memes generated with TikTok.
5. Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status are just 'copy' of Snapchat
Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status are 'copied' from Snapchat Photo: Carolina Ochsendorf / TechTudo
Ephemeral publications that disappear after 24 hours were initially made available by Snapchat, a messaging and photo application, in a resource called "My Stories". Facebook, after purchasing Instagram, made the Stories tool available in the photo app.
Given the success, Zuckerberg's group began to make similar features available in the company's other apps, such as Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp. The idea is simple: make users post more photos, but with temporary content that disappears after 24 hours.
6. Facebook Dating rival to Tinder
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Facebook Dating arrived in Brazil in 2019 with the promise of beating Tinder in the field of relationship apps. The tool based on the rival's match: suitors must enjoy each other to start a conversation. The differential of Facebook is the possibility of conferring people who are interested in the same events as you, in addition to the Crush Secret function, which reports friends to you.