Facebook announces India specific update to its users for stories

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

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

The third new feature that Facebook has developed first for its users in India is the Stories Archive that, as its name suggests, lets you archive your Facebook Stories to reshare or re-post them on the social network.

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. The photos and videos will be saved automatically to the user's account rather than device's hard drive and won't be seen publicly until shared. This feature will enable users to capture and save photos using Facebook's camera that they might want to share later.

On the question why, Facebook is adding Voice Posts to Stories, the company responded, "We are always working to help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them". That, however, is not going to stop them from taking out new features to keep its users hooked.

"From talking to people in India and around the world, we've heard that people spend a lot of time in making stories creative with things like stickers and text". Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves. The app is also adding the ability to share audio messages to Stories. It is also possible for other people to share your voice posts on the News Feed.

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

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Wibbitz, which uses artificial intelligence to create video content, is opening up its platform to brands and agencies, the company announced Wednesday.

A voice post on stories can be up to 20 seconds.

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. "You can still find it in your Stories Archive if you have Archive turned on", explains Hayes. Each pic will save to the Facebook cloud and users can choose to share them - or not - via the Facebook app. After that, your Stories will be available to access at any time. Nevertheless, he said: "These are features that are rolling out first in India but eventually they will be broadly available".

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

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