The Stories of social media

Sarah Fischer, on Axios:

Tech platforms used to focus on ways to create wildly different products to attract audiences. Today, they all have similar features, and instead differentiate themselves with their philosophies, values and use cases.

I love Axios because their articles are always concise and very on-point, and this one in particular does the job extremely well: The table showing which feature is available on each social network instantly shows how much they now have in common.

In many cases, I think it makes a lot of sense for one company to steal/copy another’s. Adding the Stories feature on Instagram was obvious for instance (even if it may have ended on devaluation the initial value of Instagram), but in other cases, I think this is just ridiculous and lazy.