Facebook Gets Voice Posts, Stories Archive, And More

Facebook Gets Voice Posts, Stories Archive, And More

These photos and videos will not take up any additional space on the users' smartphones and they will be visible when users log into their Facebook accounts.

But free (and apparently unlimited) photo storage and automatic archiving bridge the gap between ephemeral sharing and Facebook's more typical posts.

The three features are Voice Posts, the ability to archive Stories, and access to the cloud to store unshared photos.

Facebook is launching a slew of updates to its Stories feature. Facebook is likely hoping that getting these new smartphone-owners hooked on Facebook's camera app from the beginning will keep them embedded in the Facebook ecosystem.

Facebook Stories is adding a feature that lets you post audio clips.

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. Connor Hays, the Director of Product Management for the Facebook Stories team add that the team has been talking to the community to understand how they use Facebook Stories. The length of the voice posts will be limited to 20 seconds and just like regular story posts, they will disappear after 24 hours.

"We are always working on ways to improve the experience of viewing Stories on all types of connections, and have been investing here - especially on our FB Lite app". For some people, photos and text are not the most effective way to communicate.

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

Since then, it has released a number of updates to try and attract more users to the product.

Facebook did not provide statistics around the popularity of voice messaging in India. Under this feature, the stories are archived after they disappear after 24 hours. Facebook claims the audio posts has been built keeping data restrictions in mind and is optimised for low data/network conditions.

These creations can be saved or posted to the Instagram feed, where they will become permanent like normal Instagram videos.

And just earlier this month, Facebook added Snapchat-like animated filters to Facebook Live in Ireland.

This is significant not just because Facebook's making a Stories feature that doesn't rely on the camera, but because audio messages are already incredibly popular in India and many other countries.

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