Over a period of time, Facebook brought in the Stories feature to all its platforms — Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook and even Messenger. But now, the social networking giant feels that it should be “easier for people to share Stories across different apps.”
Facebook is integrating the Facebook Stories and Messenger Day and will now just call it “Stories.”
Facebook said,” 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 product manager Connor Hayes told TechCrunch, “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.” The report further said that the 24-hour posts will be in sync, meaning if you have already viewed one story in one app, it will not show it as not viewed in the other.
Even though the apps will share the Stories, the camera feature in both apps will remain distinct.
Also, Facebook will now route all Stories replies and Facebook Camera messages through Messenger eliminating the Facebook Direct. The TechCrunch said that this change is coming in after doing research on users. “They prefer Story replies to land inside Messenger,” says Messenger product manager Paulina Bozek.
Another new feature for the Stories that will be rolled out starting today is that Facebook users who are part of Groups and Events can now make Stories that are visible to the rest of the members. These Stories are moderated by the admins and will appear on people’s Event and Group pages and on top of their News Feeds.
Besides all this, Facebook is also rolling out new privacy controls for Stories, which will be applicable to both its main app and Messenger. You can select your audience from public, friends only, friends, custom list of specific people and connections. Connections will include the people that users have added on Messenger.