Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Facebook Launches Voice Posts, Save For Later, Story Archive in India!

Facebook Launches Voice Posts, Save For Later, Story Archive in India!

The third new feature that Facebook has developed first for its users in India is the Stories Archive that, as its name suggests, lets you archive your Facebook Stories to reshare or re-post them on the social network. If you take photos or videos with Facebook's camera, the firm will now let you save your pictures to your Facebook account just like Google Photos or OneDrive offers.

All of the photos and videos that are saved to Facebook Camera will only be visible to the user after they login to Facebook. The tool is also helpful for content that's hard to type out - which can sometimes be a language issue, like in India where the feature first tested, which has 22 official languages. The most important as far as I am concerned is the return of "voice posts". After a photo disappears from your story, you can find it in your story archive - a place only you can see. Archived stories will be viewable on the new "Your Archive" section of the Facebook app. For some people, photos and text are not the most effective way to communicate.

"From talking to people in India and around the world, we've heard that people spend a lot of time in making stories creative with things like stickers and text". Facebook Stories are behind WhatsApp and Instagram in spite of having more number of users. Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves.

Much like the Snapchat equivalent, the archive feature lets users privately save their Stories within the Facebook app. A voice post on Stories can't be more than 20 seconds, while there is no limit for a voice post shared to News Feed.

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On Wednesday, it was reported by The Verge that Facebook is unveiling three new features that will appeal the general audience by giving them an option of "create and save memories". If users want, they can choose to not save them.

Like on Instagram, the stories posted on Facebook disappear automatically after 24-hours.

However, as it struggled to take off, the company at one point displayed grayed out icons in the Stories space in an effort to make it appear less empty. This new feature is somewhat similar to Instagram Stories archive, which was made available past year, as pointed out by MacRumors. From now on, Facebook will ask you if you want to archive any of your Stories and you just need to tap on "OK" the feature will be enabled.

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