Facebook rolls out India-first features for its stories format, voice posts

17 May, 2018, 14:36 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users in India

With each story expiring in 24 hours, Stories archive will provide users access to all the stories they have previously shared on the platform.

"It is common for people in India to share devices...people have told us they want to save their photos to a more personal space that is tied to their identity and not just the device they are using", said Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook. The photos and videos saved will appear in a separate folder and will be visible only to them when they log into their Facebook account.

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.

The firm will now let you share voice posts as well, so you don't necessarily have to type in your stories, but can share voice messages as well. 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. These three new features are debuting first in India though will gradually be available all across the globe.

The first upcoming feature will allow users to save photos and videos to their account in the Facebook cloud.

WhatsApp Stories now counts 450 million daily active users, while Instagram Stories has racked up 300 million daily active users.

Facebook Stories is adding a feature that lets you post audio clips.

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Another upcoming feature allows users to archive their Stories, not unlike Instagram's relatively new archiving feature. Facebook will also provide a disable Stories Archive option to stop Facebook from saving your old stories.

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.

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Facebook is adding an Audio option in the Facebook Camera to share voice messages.

So it seems unlikely that Facebook will abandon its Stories platform anytime soon. Unlike Snapchat, which has relatively few users outside of the USA and Europe, Facebook already has a sizeable base (and one that's still growing).

And just earlier this month, Facebook added Snapchat-like animated filters to Facebook Live in Ireland. There is no word if the feature is coming to iOS users or not.

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