RIP Messenger Day and welcome Facebook Stories! Facebook has recently announced that it’s killing off its Snapchat Stories clone, i.e. Messenger Day and is consolidating it with the ephemeral Facebook Stories. With the collaborative stories, members of a particular FB group or event will be able to contribute to a Story that’s visible to the rest of members.
From now onwards, when you post something on your Facebook Story, it will also appear on Messenger and vice versa. In simple words, any photo, video or slideshow you upload will appear on both Facebook and Messenger. There’s no need to manually cross-post anything anymore. You can make your post public, visible to both FB and Messenger pals or can choose only FB friends to see your post if you want. In case none of the above options sound ideal, you can either make a custom list or hide Stories from specific people on both platforms.
The idea of FB collaborative stories for events and groups remains the same: users can post images or videos which disappear after 24 hours. The company launches four variations of Stories on its different networks namely Facebook, Messenger Day, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Each app has its own distinct effects like Facebook masks that you can add to your post, while Messenger remains focused on stickers and drawings. Cannor Hayes, Facebook’s product manager, said,
“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.”
By consolidating the features, the social media giant is likely to entice more people to use the ephemeral offering, i.e. collaborative stories. It has become a tradition for Facebook to revamp things once in a while, so this one shouldn’t come as a surprise. Just a month ago, the company started testing a useful tool allowing you to cross-post Instagram Stories to Facebook. The addition of this tool can make things even simpler, but as with any experimental FB feature, it may or may not see a wider release.
In the meantime, Facebook is also launching collaborative stories for its stripped app Facebook Lite. At the moment, users of the low-data-usage version of FB’s main app can only view Stories. However, the company has confirmed that story posting is coming soon.
The social media giant is also killing off the Facebook Direct ephemeral messaging feature in favor of handling Stories replies and messages via Messenger. Facebook Stories will follow rules set by admins for the standard wall posts. So, admins can either allow posts from everyone or delete ones they don’t like. In order to encourage people to kick off a Story, the Silicon Valley-based company will even show an open bubble atop the News Feed.
Check out the video below to see how Facebook collaborative stories work:
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