Trust those at Facebook, a massive opportunity such as one being presented by Stories is not one to shy away from. Without a doubt, Instagram has successfully taken its own version of Stories to a new height, and Facebook now feels it can do even better. The social media behemoth is now testing the ability to create Stories from desktop, and that’s per TechCrunch.
“We are always working to ensure people can easily navigate and enjoy Facebook, regardless of how they connect,” a Facebook spokesperson said, per Josh Constine of TechCrunch. “We are testing the option to create and share Stories from Facebook on desktop and are also testing moving the Stories tray from the top right corner to above News Feed, just like on mobile.”
Placing it atop or above the News Feed is something quite different from what we have now. For those already familiar with Stories on mobile, the desktop version won’t be different.
This new update might be more appealing to brands and pages who by the way will be more comfortable posting directly from desktop instead of from mobile.
The idea of bringing this feature to desktop is so brilliant that many users will fall in love with it when it is eventually rolled out globally; but that’s just my opinion. Not everyone might like it, but it does make a lot of sense if you can shoot or record a video with your webcam and upload it right away for everyone to see.
Facebook launched its own version of Stories early in 2017 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.
At launch, Facebook gave reasons why it had to launch its own version of Stories despite having a selfie mask-filled camera feature. A spokesperson of the social media behemoth at the time said:
“Facebook has long been the place to share with friends and family, but the way that people share is changing in significant ways. The way people share today is different to five or even two years ago — it’s much more visual, with more photos and videos than ever before. We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want.”
Regardless of what people have to say about Facebook’s version of Stories, the social networking giant is forging ahead—and adding ability to create and share Stories on desktop is not a bad idea.
Whatever your take on this, and the company could yet change its mind and not do a global roll out. That said, it’s one test I would love to mature into a full blown one in no distant future.