Facebook rolls out voice posts, Stories archive and cloud storage feature – but they’re only coming to India for now
- Facebook is rolling out a slew of updates to its Stories and Camera features
- Users can now save their photos or videos to the Facebook Camera and Stories will automatically archive posts so that users can view them any time
- The features are first launching in India but will go global soon, Facebook says
- Facebook Stories have failed to take off like Stories on WhatsApp or Instagram
Facebook is launching a slew of updates to its Stories feature.
The social media giant will now let users save photos and videos to the Facebook cloud, archive Facebook Stories and share voice messages with friends.
For now, the updates are only rolling out to users in India, but Facebook says they will soon arrive worldwide, according to TechCrunch.
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Facebook’s latest update allows users to save photos and videos to the Facebook cloud (pictured), archive Facebook Stories and share voice messages with friends in Stories posts
A few of the features appear to be catering towards users with entry-level devices that live in areas with low-bandwidth internet, or with limited space on their phone.
Now, users have the option to save photos or videos directly to Facebook’s Camera, instead of being forced to save them to their phone’s camera roll.
Only the user can see photos that are saved to Facebook’s Camera and stored on the cloud.
Another upcoming feature will allow users to archive their Facebook Stories, not unlike Instagram’s relatively new archiving feature.
It’ll automatically save your clips after they expire so that you can view them whenever or choose to re-share them.
Like the Facebook Camera feature, it saves your posts privately.
Another upcoming feature allows users to archive their Stories, not unlike Instagram’s relatively new archiving feature. Like the Facebook Camera feature, they’re saved privately
Facebook first launched the Stories feature in mid-2017. Like Instagram Stories, it allows users to upload photos or videos to a feed that expires after a certain period of time
The tools may persuade people in regions outside of North America, Europe and Asia to use Facebook Stories more often.
‘We know that the performance and reliability of viewing and posting Stories is extremely important to people around the world, especially those with slower connections,’ Facebook’s director of Stories Connor Hayes told TechCrunch.
‘We are always working on ways to improve the experience of viewing Stories on all types of connections, and have been investing here — especially on our FB Lite app’.
Archiving and saving posts for later should also allow more people to be in the moment, instead of focusing on editing or uploading photos.
‘Saving photos and videos can be used to save what you might want to post later — so you don’t have to edit or post them while you’re out with friends, and instead enjoy the moment at the concert or share them later,’ Hayes told TechCrunch.
As part of a slew of updates, Facebook is also launching a new Audio Posts feature that lets you upload audio clips to Stories with just a custom background and a photo
A third update lets users upload audio posts to their Facebook Stories, combining voice messages with a colored background and a photo.
It means that users don’t have to type to upload a voice post, making it easier than ever to upload to Facebook Stories.
Facebook Stories has struggled to take off in the same way that WhatsApp Stories or Instagram Stories have.
WhatsApp Stories now counts 450 million daily active users, while Instagram Stories has racked up 300 million daily active users.
Facebook hasn’t released any user numbers for its Stories product, which launched in mid-2017, beyond saying that the figures are ‘encouraging’.
Since then, it has released a number of updates to try and attract more users to the product.
Facebook hasn’t released any user numbers for its Stories product, which launched in mid-2017, beyond saying that the figures are ‘encouraging’
Last August, Facebook announced that it was bringing Stories to its desktop site in a move that many viewed as a last-ditch effort to make the product popular.
The feature is located at the top of the page below notifications and above the trending news links.
However, as it struggled to take off, the company at one point displayed grayed out icons in the Stories space in an effort to make it appear less empty.
Facebook appears to be strengthening its focus on the Stories platform as it appears the communication method shows no signs of becoming any less popular.
At Facebook’s annual F8 developer conference, chief product officer Chris Cox said Stories is on a ‘path to surpass feeds as the primary way people share things with their friends sometime next year’.
So it seems unlikely that Facebook will abandon its Stories platform anytime soon.
DOES FACEBOOK WANT TO BE A SNAPCHAT COPYCAT?
These creations can be saved or posted to the Instagram feed, where they will become permanent like normal Instagram videos.
Stories appear at the top of the Instagram feed.
When someone has an unseen story, their profile picture will be circled with a colourful ring.
Then just a month later, Facebook began testing what it calls ‘Messenger Day’ for some users in Poland, which aims pique the interest of those who have yet to get hooked on its rival, Snapchat.
This feature works just like Snapchat Stories – users add lively elements and it disappears in 24 hours.
And just earlier this month, Facebook added Snapchat-like animated filters to Facebook Live in Ireland.
Again, users selfies and videos and add lively filters, effects and masks that vanish within 24 hours.
The most recent use of Snapchat-like features were introduced to WhatsApp and Messenger – all of which let users share decorative content that disappears in 24 hours.
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