While announcing the new features Hayes stressed that how Facebook has been taking feedback from the community and especially users in India for the new tools for Stories. The feature is now available for Facebook Lite users while Android users will see the feature in coming weeks. Facebook on Wednesday announced three new features keeping in mind the usage pattern of Indian users.
These features are aimed at helping people capture and save memories in a way that they stay connected with these memories long after sharing them on Facebook. The changes are mostly created to give users more ways to save photos and videos directly on Facebook. 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. For some people, photos and text are not the most effective way to communicate. "Some of the recent examples include profile picture guard and blood donation feature" said Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook Stories. It can also be used to save photos they might want to share later, so they don't have to edit or post them immediately. "We've found that a lot of people connect through audio", he added. "We also learnt from our research in India that people have non-native language keyboards on their phone and can't necessarily write in the language they want to share in" he said. However, the social media giant will roll out the feature on its Android app in the coming months but there is no word on the availability on its iOS app. Voice posts can be shared in the same way that Stories and News Feed posts are shared, Facebook said.
Stories archive Similar to Instagram's archive, Facebook now allows users to save their Stories even after 24 hours.
People around the world are using Stories to keep up with their friends throughout the day.
The new feature addition will mean that Stories which was ephemeral earlier can now be saved for later revisiting. Users can also just take a photo through in-app camera, save it, and post at a time of their convenience.
The new Stories Archive feature will be available in the coming weeks and it will allow people to save their favourite Stories. After a photo disappears from a story, they can find it in the story archive, a place only the user can see, though they can always choose to not save them.
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