Facebook adds new Stories features, starting in India

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

Facebook launches voice posts, two other features from India

While anecdotal evidence suggests the feature may be slow to take off in the USA, the company can't afford to give up on Facebook Stories entirely.

But free (and apparently unlimited) photo storage and automatic archiving bridge the gap between ephemeral sharing and Facebook's more typical posts. You won't have to use up your previous phone storage, and for the typical low-end devices which are sold in EMEA regions, storage is a precious commodity indeed.

The next feature that facebook is adding is the ability to create and share audio as a voice post on Facebook Stories.

Much like the Snapchat equivalent, the archive feature lets users privately save their Stories within the Facebook app.

Users who shoot photos or videos using the in-app Facebook Camera will be able to access these new cloud storage features.

Two of these features are implemented in the app's Facebook Camera. Now, Facebook Stories is getting an all-new feature which will allow people to do 'Voice Posts.' This means that your voice can be a Facebook Story. Users will also be able to add stickers, texts and or doodles to their Facebook Stories audio posts.

That Facebook is targeting India (and, by extension, other developing markets) with its newest Stories features is telling.

"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", Facebook's director of Stories Connor Hayes told TechCrunch.

The first new feature is what Facebook calls Voice Posts.

Facebook Stories has struggled to take off in the same way that WhatsApp Stories or Instagram Stories have.

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

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. Under this feature, the stories are archived after they disappear after 24 hours.

Keeping privacy in mind, Voice Posts can be shared in the same way that Stories and News Feed posts are shared on Facebook.

And just earlier this month, Facebook added Snapchat-like animated filters to Facebook Live in Ireland. To put it simply, it's more useful to Facebook users than just copy-pasting the mechanics of Instagram.

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