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Facebook rolls out India-first features for its stories format, voice posts

Facebook rolls out India-first features for its stories format, voice posts

The social network has also said that an archive feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks which will let users save the Facebook Stories they want to preserve.

"We know that the performance and reliability of viewing and posting Stories is extremely important to people around the world, especially those with slower connections", it quoted Connor Hayes, Director of Product Management, Facebook Stories as saying.

Hayes adds that Facebook is adding this feature in order to "help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them".

The first upcoming feature will allow users to save photos and videos to their account in the Facebook cloud.

Users can now save the photos and videos they capture from the Facebook camera.

After completing the creativity with Voice Posts, you can share them on Facebook Stories or as a post on News Feed.

Facebook rolls out India-first features for its stories format, voice posts
Facebook rolls out India-first features for its stories format, voice posts

The third and last feature that Facebook will add is the ability to archive and view older Stories. As the name suggests, this feature allows you to share a moment without having to share a photo or video. This isn't something all new from the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company has it already offers voice messaging support to WhatsApp.

Like the Facebook Camera feature, it saves your posts privately. The updates are meant to help users share more on Facebook, while also making sure that Facebook Stories continues to grow its number of users. According to The Verge, these features will first roll out in India then make their way to the rest of the world.

Facebook Camera is also getting an Audio option which can be used to share voice messages as Voice Posts. Voice posts give people a new medium through which to express themselves. "People thus want to keep these works of art and keep them for a longer time than a day", he added. Audio posts in Facebook Stories can also include a colored background or a photo from the user's camera gallery.

The next new feature is that images captured using the Facebook camera can now automatically be uploaded to the Facebook cloud.

You'll need to tap the Archive button (looks like a small clock) that is located in the Stories section above your News Feed. With the archive, users will be able to relive their memories and re-share them as well if they wish to do so. The feature is quite similar to Snapchat's where users can save their photos to the app and is visible only to them.

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