Facebook has created a new group video chat app called Bonfire. It probably is designed to encourage younger Facebook users to engage more with the site. Though it is available to a limited number of smartphone users so far.
The app lets you video chat with a group of friends. It also features a number of Snapchat-like filters and effects. Bonfire was first spotted by the Next Web’s Matt Navarra. He managed to download it from Danish App Store, the only country it’s currently available on.
The Next Web reports that the app has 2000 downloads approx in Denmark with “good user retention.”
“Bonfire is a group video chat app that lets you hang out with your best friends and meet new ones”, reads app description. The app instantly starts with video chatting with friends. Use effects to express yourself and take pictures of your video chat and share it on Instagram, Messenger, Facebook and more. “From doing homework to catching up, Bonfire is the best place to get together with friends”
Friends added to the chat shall get a notification on the Messenger. Once they join, formats can be switched between everyone getting equal or biased screen space.
Unlike the other apps in this space, Facebook’s Bonfire seems to designed not only as a way to hang out with friends in a private space through face-to-face conversations, but also a way to feed content back to Facebook’s existing social networking apps, including Facebook itself, Instagram and Messenger. You’re able to take screenshots of your video chat and then share them to Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and elsewhere without leaving the chat.