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Facebook rolls out Stories archive and voice posts, starting in India

Facebook rolls out Stories archive and voice posts, starting in India

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out its OLX-like platform, Marketplace, to users across India after testing the feature with a limited audience in Mumbai last year. Connor Hays, the Director of Product Management for the Facebook Stories team add that the team has been talking to the community to understand how they use Facebook Stories. The new features will let users Save Stories, give them the option of sharing "Audio" Stories, and the option to create an archive of their past Stories.

The first upcoming feature will allow users to save photos and videos to their account in the Facebook cloud. "At this point, you'll be able to save as many photos and videos as you can using the Facebook Camera with this feature".

Users will see a new "Save" button at the bottom of their Story after their have recorded the video or taken the picture, via the Facebook camera. Voice posts can be shared in the same way that Stories and News Feed posts are shared, Facebook said.

Facebook is adding an Audio option in the Facebook Camera to share voice messages. As the name suggests, this feature allows you to share a moment without having to share a photo or video. As it turns out, an archive of Stories seemed to be an assertive move; they noticed that many people don't have enough space on their phones to store content and instead rely deeply on the social network to keep their memories alive. Also, these three new features are rolling out to India first, with the rest of the world to follow soon after.

Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users in India

A third update lets users upload audio posts to their Facebook Stories, combining voice messages with a colored background and a photo. "The important thing that we've learnt from WhatsApp is that voice messaging is an increasingly popular way for people to communicate when they don't want to type up messages". Voice posts give people a new medium through which to express themselves.

Like on Instagram, the stories posted on Facebook disappear automatically after 24-hours. Users can go back and view these Stories at any time, or choose to reshare them as a post or story.

You'll need to tap the Archive button (looks like a small clock) that is located in the Stories section above your News Feed.

It is worth noting here that stories will be archived once they disappear from the Stories section after the standard 24-hour window passes. Facebook will also provide a disable Stories Archive option to stop Facebook from saving your old stories.

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