The number of people worldwide that use Facebook are over 1.8 billion. Snapchat is used by over 150 million people, Whatsapp by 1.2 billion people and Instagram by 600 million people.Each social networking app has its own essence which keeps the users stuck to it.
In the present times though, all the apps seem to be losing their essence which distinguishes themselves from the others. The distinctiveness in almost all of the popular social networking apps is fading and many users are seemingly left disappointed.
Some features which are known to be present in only one app, are now being included in the others too. To prove this point, Facebook has included a new feature in it which allows users to put pictures in the so called ‘My day’ section. These pictures are visible to their friends for one day only before they disappear. Also read Top 10 budget smartphone accessories that you must buy right now!!
Now, the Snapchat users must notice that this feature is insanely similar to Snapchat Stories. To state another such instance, in one of Whatsapp’s recent updates, the old text update feature was replaced with story update, and many users seem not to like it, and some are getting bored. Maybe they cannot keep up with all what’s happening. Last year, Whatsapp gave its users the ability to doodle and edit their photos before uploading them which is another such case to prove that most of the popular social networking apps started losing their individuality.
All these new features the apps are including (such as Facebook live video, followed by a similar feature from Twitter and Instagram) seem like a rip off of one another. Users are not willing to stay on one app as the other includes the same feature (as interpreted by a report on TechCrunch). One of the other things to notice is that the platforms are mainly focusing on the picture related features as it is the most common way of interaction which users follow and therefore users can stay for a longer duration on the platforms. Must see You can control these robots by brain developed by MIT and Boston
Considering all this duplication of ideas going on, no wonder what the future holds for the world of social networking.