Facebook introduces voice posts, story archive options for users 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. And now, the social media giant is introducing a host of updates to Facebook Stories which includes features like Stories Archives and Voice Posts among others. But unlike Marketplace, which was introduced in at least 36 countries before it made its way to India, these features are being launched in India first.
These features are aimed at helping people capture and save memories in a way that they stay connected with these memories long after sharing them on Facebook. Take a look at these features:
Save photos and videos
Facebook users in India will now be able to save the photos and videos that they capture through Facebook's camera. These photos and videos will not take up any additional space on the users' smartphones and they will be visible when users log into their Facebook accounts. This feature will enable users to capture and save photos using Facebook's camera that they might want to share later.
In terms of availability, Facebook is introducing this option on its Android app only and there is no word on when the company will bring this feature on to its iOS app.
Another interesting feature coming to Facebook's platform is voice posts. Up until now, users could now share images and videos on Facebook. But now Facebook is expanding its creative work ground by enabling people share voice posts on its platform.
These voice posts will be visible in people's News Feeds just like the images and videos that they share and their audience will be determined by the individual user's privacy settings. While users will be able to share 20 seconds long voice posts in Facebook Stories, no such limit has been set on voice posts shared in the News Feed.
As of now, this feature is available only for the FBLite users. However, the social media giant will roll out the feature on its Android app in the coming months but there is no word on the availability on its iOS app.
Last but not the least, Facebook is adding an archives feature to Facebook Stories. With this, users will be able to save their stories long after they have disappeared. According to Facebook, users will be asked if they want to archive their stories and the feature will be turned on only when they tap on the OK button on the screen.
The post will appear in the Stories Archive section after the standard 24 hours window passes. The archived story will be visible only to the individual users only who will be able to delete or re-share these posts from the archives.