Facebook has just announced that it is “connecting” Messenger Day with its Stories feature. Posts in either of Facebook or Messenger will appear in the two apps, while viewing will be synced so users won’t be bored with seeing an already viewed Story.
“Starting today, we are introducing a new experience called Stories, connecting Messenger Day and Facebook Stories. Any photos or videos you add to your Stories will appear on both Facebook and Messenger, and will be shared with the same audience across both. We heard from people that they would often share on Facebook or Messenger, save the photo or video, and then post to the other. Now, it’s quicker and easier to capture and share moments as they happen with the people you care about most!” Facebook said on Monday.
It has become a tradition for Facebook to rejig things once in a while, and this one didn’t come as a surprise to me. It has a long history of not only cloning some of Snapchat’s features, but putting a spin on them and making them look even better. The idea of connecting the Messenger Day feature with Stories according to the company’s Product Manager Connor Hayes who spoke in an interview with TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, is to make it easier for users to share their Stories with ease:
“We needed to make it easier for people to share Stories across different apps. Some people actually thought these experiences were already connected. We feel like it would make sense.”
One thing though, while Facebook will focus on AR masks and effects, its sister app Messenger, will focus on adding captions and stylized text inviting friends to hang out.
Stories coming to Facebook Lite
Remember Facebook Lite? The lighter version of the Facebook app designed for people in developing world is getting its own version of Stories. Soon, everyone using the lighter version of the app will be able to post their stories.
In 2015, Facebook introduced the drop-down version of the app for Android with less data usage that works conveniently across various network conditions.
Lite targets developing and third world countries, more specifically, the ones with lower bandwidth that only make Facebook for Android redundant. Despite being a drop down version, you get to experience the core features of Facebook, including News Feed, notifications, status updates, photos, and much more.
In other Facebook news, the social media behemoth is teaming up with a small Australian Government agency, eSafety to bring an end to the sharing of nude pictures on its platform as well as its subsidiary companies without the consent of the owner. According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the social media giant is working on a pilot test for a larger program it hopes will be extended to other countries.
An earlier version of this story published yesterday had erroneously stated that Facebook had killed off Messenger Day and replaced it with Stories. This has now been edited and corrected to reflect the headline.