Facebook Is Releasing 3 Features to Make Its Stories Easier to Use

Saving photos and videos, voice posts and an archive

Photos and videos can be saved to users' accounts and edited later Facebook

Facebook announced three new features that are coming to Facebook Stories, initially launching in India and then going global shortly thereafter.

Photos and videos captured via Facebook Camera will soon be able to be saved to people’s Facebook accounts so that those with limited space on their devices don’t have to delete that content.

Those photos and videos can also be edited and shared later, so people don’t have to stop what they’re doing to prep them. Facebook director of product management Connor Hayes told Josh Constine of TechCrunch, “Saving photos and videos can be used to save what you might want to post later, so you don’t have to edit or post them while you’re out with your friends, and instead enjoy the moment at the concert and share them later.”

Facebook users will also soon gain the ability to share voice posts to their Stories by using the audio option in Facebook Camera.

The social network said it developed this feature because users may not always be able to type out messages, and some have keyboards that aren’t in their native languages.

Finally, Facebook Stories currently disappear after 24 hours, but the social network found that people put a lot of time and effort into enhancing their content with features like stickers and text, so it is testing an archive for users to save their Stories.

Once photos and videos disappear along with the Stories they are part of, they will be accessible via this Story archive, only to the user who created them, and people can opt out of saving this content to their Story archives, as well.

Hayes told Constine, “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. We are always working on ways to improve the experience of viewing Stories on all types of connections, and we have been investing here, especially on our Facebook Lite application.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.