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No one needs an introduction what Facebook is and what it's meant for. The company has been in the game for many years now, but not before experimenting with a host of different ways to make the social media experience even better, and even implementing a few. And it's the same this time around.
Apparently, the social media giant, headed by Mark Zuckerberg, is currently testing out several different ways in which uusers post updates on their social pages. The new in the mix relates to posts that self-destruct after a while (too Snapchatty for our liking).
As the name suggests, the company is currently a sort of a pilot programme where it will allow users to schedule an expiry time for posts they publish. The time frame for that will vary from an hour to a week.
In a Q&A section on Facebook, the company has described how to set a post you've published to expire. This process will allow the message to disappear. But then again, it isn't meant for everybody. Not for the moment, at least.
Under the question "How do I post something and set it to expire?" Facebook's new answer states "setting posts to expire is only available in some areas right now."
"We're running a small pilot of a feature on Facebook for iOS that lets people schedule deletion of their posts in advance," a Facebook spokesperson told Mashable. Apart from that, the company didn't offer any further details on how the process works.
But people who know Facebook like the back of their hands will know that this isn't the first time the company is venturing into something of this sort. Remember the Poke app which Facebook silently killed off earlier this year? But all fingers now point at Snapchat and its rivalry with the company.