Facebook updates push Stories past its Snapchat clone beginnings

Facebook updates push Stories past its Snapchat clone beginnings

Hayes adds that Facebook is adding this feature in order to "help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them".

The new features include Voice Posts, Stories archive, and a slate of new cloud storage features.

In both cases, the goal is to give users a way to privately save photos in a way that's tied to their Facebook account rather than their phone's local storage.

Facebook is launching a slew of updates to its Stories feature. The idea behind this feature is to let users save space on their smartphones as the photos and videos get saved on the cloud.

Wibbitz, which uses artificial intelligence to create video content, is opening up its platform to brands and agencies, the company announced Wednesday. This will be saved on their Facebook account and not their phone storage. The updates are meant to help users share more on Facebook, while also making sure that Facebook Stories continues to grow its number of users. This new feature will be present as a new mode in the Facebook Camera.

A third update lets users upload audio posts to their Facebook Stories, combining voice messages with a colored background and a photo.

Facebook is bringing a bunch of new features to its Stories. "The important thing that we've learnt from WhatsApp is that voice messaging is an increasingly popular way for people to communicate when they don't want to type up messages". Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves. This option will be available by using the app's built-in camera. At any point of time, users will be able to view them at a later time and even reshare them.

Like on Instagram, the stories posted on Facebook disappear automatically after 24-hours.

You'll need to tap the Archive button (looks like a small clock) that is located in the Stories section above your News Feed.

The social media platforms have lately seen a boom where users have been experimenting a lot on how they can be more creative while sharing their memories. Facebook will also provide a disable Stories Archive option to stop Facebook from saving your old stories.

It makes sense that these new features are rolling out to India first, as they appear to mostly be geared towards developing markets where flagship smartphones are either unaffordable or non-existent.

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