Whereas Facebook has been beneath fireplace for copying competitors for years now, the criticism has by no means stopped the corporate. From making its own Tinder to jacking the idea of Snapchat’s Stories, the Zuck by no means shies away from taking “inspiration” from different profitable tech firms.
Living proof, Facebook’s latest app, Bars.
Bars permits customers to jot down and report their very own raps utilizing skilled beats. The app offers different audio and visual effects and might even recommend rhymes whilst you write, in line with TechCrunch. The movies might be as much as 60 seconds lengthy and it can save you them in your digicam roll to share elsewhere — sound acquainted?
Whereas Bars is targeted on rap, it is already being compared to TikTok. Along with the quick, music-based video format, the interface is seemingly much like TikTok’s as nicely. It has a two-tab newsfeed (Featured and New as an alternative of Following and For You), and the engagement buttons are positioned within the lower-right. A person’s deal with is on the lower-left.
Facebook’s New Product Experimentation (NPE) team made Bars; the crew has additionally created a number of different apps to date, akin to Tuned, a messaging app for couples, which launched in April 2020.
Some NPE-created apps are retired, such because the Pinterest-like Hobbi. It is but to be seen how Bars will fare. Contemplating the success of a few of Facebook’s different copycats, nonetheless, we should not rule it out but.