It’s been seven months since Facebook launched its own version of “Stories,” a feature made famous by Snapchat. The company, for the first time, is aiming to do something slightly different from what Snapchat did with its own version of Stories, and is now enabling public sharing of both videos and photos in Stories. This latest change, is however, coming with some new privacy settings, Business Standard reports.
Facebook launched its own version of Stories early this year with default sharing setting. The feature was launched with ability to allow users share photos and videos with friends only. With the latest change, users can now share photos and videos publicly—and that means anyone and everyone can watch stories.
How you can share your video and photo with the new settings from Facebook:
- Go to your Facebook app
- From the top bar showing “Stories” from your friends
- Click on the ‘+’ icon to create your story
- Click the picture or choose from the gallery
- Click on the arrow key
- Then click on the setting icon next to your story
- Chose public from the sharing button and save
- Finally, click on the send icon at the lower bottom, and you can then have your story shared publicly on Facebook.
“This is something we rolled out a few weeks ago. The Public setting allows your Followers to see your story, in addition to your Friends.” As for if or when Pages will be able to post Stories, Facebook tells me “For Pages – no specific timing to share there quite yet.”
Ephemeral stories and messaging, according to Facebook, bring the popular format for sharing videos and photos to its users all over the world. The two features are available both to iOS and Android users—and is a statement to the fact that Facebook clearly has Snapchat within its reach.
Facebook’s own version of the feature came with a re-designed in-app camera, a new feed of ephemeral stories atop the News Feed, and a private messaging feature called Direct. Can’t remember the last time that Facebook made such a remarkable change to its in-app camera, but goes a long way in showing how prepared the company is in terms of taking on competition.
Facebook’s other app, Instagram got updated with similar feature in 2016, and is now regarded as a more excellent fit for Stories; a feature made popular by Snapchat. Instagram did not only borrow a leaf from Snapchat’s book of success, it has successfully reinvented Stories, and elevated its status to a height not many thought it could achieve within a very short time.
Give it a couple of more days or maybe weeks to see how this latest change catches up with Facebook users across the world. It is simply another way of getting more people to use and stay glued to Facebook.