By Kathrina Ysabel Pineda
You might be taken aback by seeing your friends’ faces in a circular form above your Facebook news feed. But just know that when you click those circles, the users will know that you’ve viewed their ‘stories’. If you are a user of Snapchat and Instagram, these things would not be new to you.
Facebook has globally rolled out a new update in their app for both iOS and Android users called Facebook Stories. Facebook Stories lets you post ephemeral photos and videos which your friends can see for the next 24 hours. You can see your friends’ Facebook Stories as well as create your own by going at the top of your feed.
You can also just simply swipe right from any screen and it will automatically open in your front cam for Stories.
Facebook gets extra creative with Stories. You can swipe up and down to switch filters, frames, and masks that are built-in with the feature, which you can use live.
Tapping the big button at the bottom of the screen lets you take a photo and holding it records videos up to 20 seconds long. You can also pick photos and videos from your camera roll and phone gallery to post in your story.
By clicking the paper airplane, users can opt to send Direct photo and video messages to specific friends which will also disappear within 24 hours. Direct photo and video messages can be replayed. Also, you can save your Facebook Stories in your camera roll.
There are no ‘likes’ for Facebook Stories, but you can reply with a message to your friends’ stories and they can reply to yours.
One issue about Facebook Stories is that, it is a useful tool if you don’t want things to be so permanent. Through Facebook Stories, you can give your friends BTS or behind the scenes look into your life, while at the same time not revealing too much.
Another thing that Facebook has not yet grasped is sending notifications when somebody takes a screenshot of your photo or video.
What Facebook Stories has in common with Instagram stories, which Snapchat has already found a solution to, is when it automatically proceeds on to the stories after the ones you’ve viewed.
Facebook Stories is not yet available in Facebook’s desktop version. For now, you can only access it through FB’s mobile application. Just make sure your app is up-to-date and is in its latest version.
People have mixed reactions regarding Faecebook’s new update , but the reality is: it is an eat-or-get-eaten world. To be able to survive longer, we must keep on moving and changing with the passing time because being static and stuck will get us nowhere.
Also, do not forget to enjoy the little things in life, which is what Stories lets you do. No moment is ever too small and irrelevant.