Here's how to get started with Facebook Stories

Facebook recently announced the launch of 'Facebook Stories'. This new feature is nothing new and Facebook has already introduced the same feature in Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp. This feature addition is to counter the popularity of Snapchat and the formula of disappearing media. The decision to introduce this feature on WhatsApp while dropping the Text Status feature was widely criticised by WhatsApp users prompting WhatsApp to bring the feature back.

One thing to note here is that the Messenger Day feature, Facebook's implementation of 'Snapchat Stories' in Facebook Messenger is already available for users along with options to add filters, stickers, type text and scribble. What is weird is that both the implementations are different with the Messenger day images staying separate from the Facebook Stories.

Facebook Stories

The feature set is essentially the same. However, the feature has already rolled out for users across the world. In case you have not used Snapchat or WhatsApp, we have detailed the functionality of Facebook Stories on how it all really works.

Before beginners, ensure that you are on the latest version of the Facebook app in mobile. As soon as you open the app, you will see the 'Facebook Stories' section on the top of the app below the News Feed, Friend Requests, notifications and three dot menu buttons. Once you tap on 'Your Story', you are treated to a new camera interface which mirrors the functionality as the one in Facebook messenger. The subtle changes include swiping down to scroll through the effects available in the app.

Facebook Stories

Some filters require face detection to work and they will notify about the same when you are selecting that particular filter out of the options. After you click the photos, you are presented with the options to add stickers, text or scribble on the photo on the next screen along with an option to save the image in the local gallery. This screen also gives you an option to flip the image on its vertical axis.

Facebook Stories

Once you hit the'Done' button on the top left corner, you will be presented with the 'Share Photo' screen where you are given the options to share the image as 'Your Story' or post it as a Facebook post or 'Send Directly' to Facebook users.

Facebook Stories

'Direct' is a separate section in the Facebook app for conversations between people who have sent you their 'Stories' directly or you have replied to their 'Stories'.


Published Date: Mar 30, 2017 04:21 pm | Updated Date: Mar 30, 2017 04:21 pm