AllThingsD reported late Sunday night that Facebook is developing its own stand-alone photo-sharing app that’s similar to Snapchat, the popular app that lets users take and send photos that disappear from the recipient’s phone after a matter of seconds. It appears Facebook has noticed the attention Snapchat is getting, and the degree to which users are enamored by the idea of SMS-like vanishing photos.
Facebook is currently testing the app in-house and has plans to release it before the holidays, AllThingsD reported. A Facebook spokesman said Monday, “We’re not going to comment on rumor and speculation.”
Snapchat has been in the news recently with its likely funding round led by Matt Cohler of Benchmark Capital, as reported by Om Malik, and the launch of video for Snapchat on Friday. The company has earned a fair amount of notoriety as the app for sexting due to the supposedly private nature of the photos, but Snapchat’s users are now uploading 50 million photos a day, which is a remarkable number even by Facebook or Instagram standards.
So clearly, not all of those are naughty photos. No wonder the big guys have taken note.