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Facebook introduces 'Stories' for groups, events segment

14 November 2017

The fact that has Facebook four distinct Snapchat-like offerings for its main social network, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp can be pretty confusing. Back in August, it added the feature of making GIFs and recently it has given the option of allowing users to post their Insta stories on Facebook, simultaneously.

Facebook has discontinued the Messenger Day feature within its messaging app. For months, the features were completely separated from each other which was an interesting move from Facebook, to begin with. You'll be able to post a Story to either Messenger or Facebook and your Facebook friends and the people you chat with on Messenger will be able to see that Story. Views on both platforms will be synced as well.

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Facebook product manager Connor Hayes tells me the features "Give multiple people the opportunity to tell a Story from multiple different angles". Facebook then made a decision to launch a similar feature to its main app called Facebook Stories, then to WhatsApp called Status, as well as on its Messenger app called Messenger Day. "All you have to do is select from one of these audience settings on either Facebook or Messenger, and any changes you make from your existing audience settings will update across the other".

That's not all, along with the new changes, Facebook is also killing off its Facebook Direct disappearing message feature.

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To make sure the new version of Stories reaches as many potential users as possible, it will be available to Groups, Events and Pages. Instead, all the responses, stories, and Facebook camera texts would be routed via Messenger.

Paulina Bozek-Product Manager-Messenger said that Facebook has taken the initiative for this change as per the user response who prefer to have their story replies within the Messenger.

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Finally, Facebook is also launching a new collaborative Facebook Stories for Groups and Events. People will see Stories on their Event and Group pages, as well as atop their News Feed.