Facebook chooses India to launch added features to 'stories'

Joanna Estrada
May 17, 2018

Facebook on Wednesday launched three new features, including allowing users to put up voice posts. "We've been talking to our community to understand how people want to use Stories, so we can give them the tools to create and connect in meaningful ways", said Facebook.

Now, you can save your photos on Facebook and share them later. "You can still find it in your Stories Archive if you have Archive turned on", Facebook explained. The saved clips also mean you can share them when you're in a more connected area if your signal is too poor to upload them right away.

For now, the updates are only rolling out to users in India, but Facebook says they will soon arrive worldwide, according to TechCrunch.

People will now be able to save the photos and videos they capture through the Facebook camera, where only they can see them when they log into their Facebook account.

"People around the world are using Stories to keep up with their friends throughout the day". Note that only you can see your archived Stories unless you choose to share them to your Stories again or post them on your News Feed.

WhatsApp Stories now counts 450 million daily active users, while Instagram Stories has racked up 300 million daily active users. Users can post voice posts on Stories of up to 20 seconds. The new additions are actually based on a trip to India that reportedly showed the Facebook team what would be beneficial to people with less phone storage or slower internet connections.

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. They can also be saved and shared later. It can also be used to save photos they might want to share later, so they don't have to edit or post them immediately.

When someone has an unseen story, their profile picture will be circled with a colourful ring.

In terms of availability, Facebook is introducing this option on its Android app only and there is no word on when the company will bring this feature on to its iOS app.

And just earlier this month, Facebook added Snapchat-like animated filters to Facebook Live in Ireland.

The feature becomes slightly more important as this is being rolled out in India first and will only be gradually available to users in other countries.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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