Messenger and Instagram welcome a new feature by the name of “Vanish”, or “Disparaître” in French. This mode opens the way to ephemeral messages capable of disappearing after consultation. A function inspired by a certain Snapchat.
Facebook continues to bring new features to its messaging applications. After WhatsApp, it’s Messenger and Instagram’s turn to welcome ephemeral messages, but with a different functioning inspired by Snapchat.
Like an air of déjà vu
The Menlo Park firm is back at the end of 2020 with the “Vanish” mode, or “Disappear” in the language of Molière, reports The Verge. What does it consist on ? To send ephemeral messages (audio or written), stickers, photos and emojis capable of disappearing automatically once your interlocutor has consulted them. It is therefore impossible to see them again in your Messenger or Instagram conversation.
This “Vanish Mode” is undeniably reminiscent of Snapchat, which democratized this type of message several years ago. Facebook took advantage of an update presented in October 2020 to discuss this new project, before joining the talk a month later.
Ephemeral messages on Messenger and Instagram: how to activate them?
Note that this mode is optional, and must be activated by both parties to work. To take advantage of it, simply go to the conversation settings or slide your finger from the bottom to the top on a chat window. The Verge. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to test this feature at this time.
The “Vanish” mode also works only on individual exchanges, and not group conversations. Also, Messenger and Instagram notify you when a screenshot has been taken.
Deployment begins today on Messenger in the United States and for other countries. “Vanish” will land on Instagram later.