Facebook updates push Stories past its Snapchat clone beginnings

After research, Facebook is now introducing three new features to help its users make better use of the stories feature which include saving photos and videos for later, posting voice posts through stories and archiving stories so that users can relive the memories at a later date.

Addressing the limited phone storage issues faced by most Indians, Facebook has added a feature that will allow users to save photos and videos for later. "But there isn't an option to upload photos or videos directly from phone - it's strictly for the things that you've captured within the Facebook Camera", Hayes said.

A long time after being infamous for imitating Snapchat with its Stories feature, Facebook is now set to upgrade it with a bunch of new features, including Save Photos and Videos, Voice Posts, and Stories Archive. There is now no limit for a voice post that is shared to News Feed, but the recording time is restricted by the local storage on the user's device. "For a lot of people, audio is a very important way for them to express themselves and communicate", said Hayes.

Sharing audio on Facebook stories.

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For the ones who are camera shy, Facebook is bringing voice posts. However, at the end of the day, it is really up to you and how much information you would want to share on your social media accounts and if you can put your trust in Facebook once again. This option will be available by using the app's built-in camera. If you share a voice post to Stories, it will disappear from your story after 24 hours. The pitch, to both publishers and brands, is that its software allows them to create a significant amount of video content with minimal investment of time and money. "You can still find it in your Stories Archive if you have Archive turned on", explains Hayes.

Facebook hasn't released any user numbers for its Stories product, which launched in mid-2017, beyond saying that the figures are "encouraging". You can also reshare them as a story or post it on News Feed. Facebook rolled out "Stories" feature which allowed people to share moments as photos or texts or more with their family and friends.

It is worth noting here that stories will be archived once they disappear from the Stories section after the standard 24-hour window passes.

This is significant not just because Facebook's making a Stories feature that doesn't rely on the camera, but because audio messages are already incredibly popular in India and many other countries.

  • Desiree Holland