Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Facebook launches three new India-first features, here are the details

Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users in India Facebook launches voice posts, two other features from India
Elijah Vega | 17 May, 2018, 04:33

Facebook unquestionably "borrowed" liberally from Snapchat when launching Stories.

There are three new Facebook features coming to India first, then the rest of the world. Since voice posts work in a similar fashion as stories, it will 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. Note that only you can see your archived Stories unless you choose to share them to your Stories again or post them on your News Feed. While anecdotal evidence suggests the feature may be slow to take off in the US, the company can't afford to give up on Facebook Stories entirely. As the name suggests, this feature allows you to share a moment without having to share a photo or video.

It'll automatically save your clips after they expire so that you can view them whenever or choose to re-share them.

Finally, Facebook will let you archive your stories like it does on Instagram so you can save the stories you like the most.

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"It is common for people in India to share devices...people have told us they want to save their photos to a more personal space that is tied to their identity and not just the device they are using", said Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook. While Snapchat wallows in an inadequate (and partially rolled-back) redesign, Facebook is sculpting its Stories into something else.

Just like Instagram, users will now be able to archive their stories and view them even after they disappear from their stories tab. It's like going to Walmart and getting a root canal - I'm sure it's offered there because everything is offered there, but surely there are better places to be doing this?

Save photos and videos for later Facebook users will now be able to save the photos and videos taken through Facebook camera to the social networking platform. Both features are targeting users in developing markets, where Facebook stands to gain the most users.

Nearly as an afterthought, Facebook is also adding voice posts, which allows the camera-shy to make fun updates without having to put on makeup first. At this time, the feature will only be available for Facebook Lite users, however, Android users will see this in the coming months. Facebook declined to comment. Users can post voice posts on Stories of up to 20 seconds.

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