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September 12th, 2014

Will your posts be disappearing on Facebook?

Facebook has started experimenting with a timed post similar to the messaging app Snapchat, letting users set an expiration time on their posts.

Time ranges from one hour through to a week and can be added to posts on the pilot function for its iOS app. This automatic deletion mimics the feature of Snapchats disappearing posts, letting users create posts which are only visible for a set period of time.

This time-limited method has proved very popular – especially amongst teenagers – with Facebook reportedly trying to buy Snapchat for $3 billion after its huge growth over the last three years.

Facebook is currently trialling this option in New Zealand, where Facebook and many other tech companies have run trials in the past to judge popularity before larger scale usage.

Facebook has a long history of tweaking and updating its services, with an almost continual updating of functions and appearance to keep up to date and offer the best service.

Offering similar services to other popular apps has been an increasing tactic from Facebook. The launch of Slingshot in June and a Snapchat-esque service from Facebook owned Instagram in July have increased the options available to users.

If the trial proves popular, then it will surely be available to everyone soon, so keep an eye on your Facebook feed!

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