I’m going to say something that we’ve all probably known for a while now:

Facebook is a copycat.

If you’re an iPhone user, you likely have Snapchat in your app arsenal. According to the “About” page, the app allows you to “Snap an ugly selfie or a video, add a caption, and send it to a friend (or maybe a few). They’ll receive it, laugh, and then the snap disappears.”

But on December 21, 2012, just 12 days after Snapchat was released, Facebook announced its own app: Poke.

Poke has the exact same features as Snapchat with an additional ability to send text messages that are there for the allotted time, then disappear.

Snapchat

Photo by Lauren Page

vs.

Poke

Photo by Lauren Page

Really, Facebook?

Apple users didn’t fall for the trick, though. Poke was the No. 1 free app the day after it was released, but now it isn’t even in the top 700. While Poke’s popularity plummeted, Snapchat gained popularity through the exposure and is now one of the top five apps.

But Facebook’s copycatting ways don’t stop there.

There’s also talk of Facebook introducing hashtags on the site.

#Really

Although there isn’t any confirmation that Facebook will, in fact, incorporate the hashtag to categorize posts and make them searchable, it’s still a bit ridiculous that Facebook is considering it.

Can’t Facebook leave anyone alone and come up with its own ideas?

Apparently not.

But I guess we all should have seen it coming.

#Copycat

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