Facebook has just declared war on Snapchat

Facebook has just declared war on Snapchat

The social network has just unveiled a major new project.

Facebook is coming for Snapchat, big time. The social networking giant has just unveiled Lifestage, a standalone iOS app targeted at people 21 years of age and younger.

The app invites you to create a video biography of yourself, talking about your best friend, likes and dislikes, even how you dance. And when we say the app is targeted at young people, we mean literally: if you’re 22 or older, you will only be able to see your own profile, and there’s a report and block feature that allows people to name and shame people who try to get around the results, according to a TechCrunch report.

Once you sign up, you select your high school, which allows you to see video profiles of people at your school or schools nearby. Youcan only see other people once 20 people from your school are using it, so if you want to use it, you’re going to have to talk your friends into downloading it as well.

The brainchild of the product is 19-year-old Michael Sayman, who taught himself to code at 13, according to TechCrunch, and created a $1 app with tips for the Club Penguin game as his first product.

“Lifestage makes it easy and fun to share a visual profile of who you are with your school network,” according to a description in the Apple Store. “Simply capture into a field on your profile, then post it on your profile. Once your school is unlocked, you can access the profiles of others in your school community (and all over!) so you can get to know people better in your school and nearby schools, discover others who are into the same stuff you are, and connect with them.”

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