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Facebook is testing a Snapchat-like ‘streaks’ feature in Messenger

Streaks aren’t just for Snapchat, anymore.

Facebook is now testing a version of a similar feature in Messenger, the company confirmed with Mashable. It’s not clear how long the social network has been experimenting with the feature, but a handful of users reported seeing it pop up in their app on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Facebook Messenger confirmed the test saying it was a way to “to see at a glance fun facts about the people you message with.”

“For example, a lightning bolt may appear next to the name of a person you’ve messaged with for at least three days in a row, and a counter will indicate how many consecutive days you’ve been chatting. We’re interested to see if people enjoy this insight, but we don’t have any additional information to share at this time.”

Though Facebook is positioning the feature as way to see “fun facts” about friends, it’s also yet another, rather blatant, ripoff of a Snapchat feature by the same name.

Streaks have long been an important part of Snapchat for many users, particularly teens who often go to great lengths to keep their streaks going for hundreds of days at a time. It’s also part of why Snapchat’s users spend so much time with the app.

Now, it looks like Messenger is looking to see if it can capitalize on some of that engagement by putting a similar feature in Messenger.

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