Facebook Introduces Voice Posts And More For Stories

Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users in India

There are three new Facebook features coming to India first, then the rest of the world. For example, you will soon be able to save photos and videos that are taken by Facebook Camera, on Facebook; and not only on your phone.

Having added an option for audio in Facebook Camera, users can now exchange voice messages as "Voice Posts". Users can also just take a photo through in-app camera, save it, and post at a time of their convenience.

A long time after being infamous for imitating Snapchat with its Stories feature, Facebook is now set to upgrade it with a bunch of new features, including Save Photos and Videos, Voice Posts, and Stories Archive. The latest feature lets you save as many photos and videos as you want - without worrying about low storage on your device. We can only assume that we are going to see a lot of bathroom singers. Voice posts give people a new medium through which to express themselves. The difference between their archives and Facebook's is the latter automatically saves your Stories, so you'll never lose pics you wanted to save. It is also possible for other people to share your voice posts on the News Feed.

"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", it quoted Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook Stories as saying. Voice posts can be shared in the same way that Stories and News Feed posts are shared, Facebook said. As it turns out, an archive of Stories seemed to be an assertive move; they noticed that many people don't have enough space on their phones to store content and instead rely deeply on the social network to keep their memories alive. If you share a voice post to Stories, it will disappear from your story after 24 hours. If users want, they can choose to not save them. Now, Voice posts will be a new option in the Facebook Camera. "You can still find it in your Stories Archive if you have Archive turned on", explains Hayes.

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out its OLX-like platform, Marketplace, to users across India after testing the feature with a limited audience in Mumbai last year.

Facebook hasn't released any user numbers for its Stories product, which launched in mid-2017, beyond saying that the figures are "encouraging".

Another upcoming feature allows users to archive their Stories, not unlike Instagram's relatively new archiving feature.

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