Facebook and Google made big changes to their flagship apps in March.
The social networking giant launched its Snapchat clone on two separate apps, while Google made a change in Maps to help you keep track of your friends.
And new apps like Tetra, Chrome extensions like Nope, and desktop apps like Noun Project all aim to make work a little easier.
Here are the most exciting app updates and launches you may have missed in March.
The “Nope” Chrome extension will call your phone to help you avoid annoying coworkers
Created by Breather — the service that lets you rent workspaces by the hour — Nope is an incredibly simple-yet-effective way to avoid irritating coworkers. When someone comes over to your desk you don’t want to talk to, or a conversation is going on too long, subtly click a button at the top of your browser. You’ll soon get a call on your phone that you can pretend is crucially important, but is actually just a pre-recorded message.
Learn more about Nope here.
Facebook added its Snapchat clone to Messenger
Facebook launched Messenger Day, which works like Snapchat Stories by letting you post photos and videos to your profile that disappear after 24 hours. A new row of thumbnails at the top of the Messenger app will show the latest posts from your friends.
Facebook’s Snapchat clone also arrived on the main Facebook app
Facebook added its Snapchat clone to its main app in late March. With Stories, Facebook’s users can post photos and videos in chronological order that disappear after 24 hours. Special effects like location-based filters can be placed on top of content before it’s shared. And aside from the Snapchat-like filters and “masks” you can try using your camera, Facebook also added a feature called “Direct,” which lets you share photos and videos that disappear once they’re viewed. Sound familiar?
Learn more about Facebook’s new app features here.