Facebook is taking video sharing seriously now that Twitter seems to have scored big with its acquisition of Vine. A day after nipping the competition by disabling Vine search functionality on its network, Facebook updated its apps for iPhone and iPad to make recording and sharing videos more seamless.
Facebook users have always had the ability to send 60-second voice messages within Facebook Messenger. Now the functionality is available in the main Facebook app. Facebook says it also improved the relevancy of results that appear in the Nearby tab. Nearby allows users to share and connect with users who are close by, similar to Foursquare. The new functionalities are all available within Facebook’s new 5.4 version of its mobile app.
Additional updates include users now being able to quickly hide posts from their News Feeds, which was previously available only on the web. Now users simply tap a three dot icon on the top right of the post they want to hide and then select the option "Hide." They can also report or mark a post as spam that way.
The update is available for free in the App Store.
With the ability to connect with friends, share videos and voice memos, and check out nearby places in Facebook’s mobile app, will you still use other apps like Foursquare and Vine? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!