No denying that Facebook borrowed a lot from Snapchat while adding “Stories” to the platform. Although the concept didn’t strike the chord with users as much as it did on Snapchat, Facebook developers have not given up yet. In an attempt to jazz up Facebook Stories, the company is rolling out an update that will make the feature more exciting. But is it enough?
While FB’s attempt on stories got successful in Instagram’s case, the feature didn’t work for the social media giant as much. In fact, “Stories” proved to be a failure for most FB users. Even merging of “Messenger Day” and Facebook Stories two years back didn’t do anything. FB users are interested in the least for this Snapchat-like feature. At least, till now!
As per reports, Zuckerberg’s enthusiasm for Facebook Stories doesn’t fade and so the company keeps on bringing new features to the Facebook Stories. In the same attempt, a new update has been launched which contains archive, cloud storage, and voice posts.
It’s specifically the ‘Archive’ feature that’s attracting eyes the most. Now, you can save your ‘Story Post’ to a permanent gallery that will help you “create and save memories” a better way. But how can it be exciting when both Snapchat and Instagram already have this feature that saves memories for long. Well, FB offers something unique. First, unlike the above two SM apps, Facebook automatically saves your Stories. Secondly, this feature gets exciting when used in tandem with the second feature that FB offers in its latest update of Facebook Stories: Cloud Storage.
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The Cloud Storage feature allows you save your ‘Story Post’ to your FB account instead of on your phone whenever you capture a story using Facebook Camera. That sounds good, especially if you have the habit of forgetting about your captured photos and videos, and wish to jazz them up later. In the words of Connor Hayes, Facebook’s Director of Stories:
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 your friends, and instead enjoy the moment at the concert and share them later.
Although “ephemeral picture sharing concept” suits better to visually-oriented platforms like Snapchat and Instagram, the features of the archive and Cloud Storage make ephemeral pictures more exciting for users who dote on making their memories permanent. And for that, the massive platform like Facebook can be the only best option among its rivals.
As for the third feature, Voice Posts, the feature allows users post updates of their memories without going through a long makeup process. This is good for those who don’t like to type in English and don’t know how to be fast in their local language on the keyboard.
All of these features are being rolled out to Indian users before they get to rest of the users across the globe. For more updates on the news and use of Facebook Stories, stay tuned!
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