Monday, 20 November, 2017

Facebook merges Messenger Day with its core Stories feature

Snap Inc Facebook is killing Messenger Day and consolidating it with Facebook Stories
Frank Williams | 14 November, 2017, 09:13

When something is posted to Stories, Facebook is going to automatically show it in Facebook Stories as well as on Messenger, a move it says will save its users time and effort. By combining Messenger Day - the Story-sharing function of Messenger - with the old Facebook Stories feature to create a new feature, Stories, users will be able to respond directly to your story within the Messenger app.

Meanwhile, Facebook is also launching Facebook Stories for its stripped app for the developing world, Facebook Lite.

As reported by TechCrunch, this feature comes as Facebook looks to draw more users to its Stories platforms. The new feature allows members to contribute Stories that can only be viewed by the members of the group or event, a ideal feature for private functions such as parties, and weddings.

Social media giant Facebook announced the roll-out of a consolidated stories feature for all those part of the "events" and "groups" pages on the platform.

Now, when you post something on your Facebook Story, it will also appear on Messenger and vice versa, and the fusion is simply called "Stories".

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Facebook product manager Connor Hayes tells me the features "Give multiple people the opportunity to tell a Story from multiple different angles".

Update: This post has been updated to clarify Stories from Groups, Events and Pages will not be available in Messenger.

Firstly, the Messenger Day feature has been shelved and its functionality merged with Facebook Stories. Now that Messenger and Facebook Stories are connected, Facebook is hoping the feature will cause less confusion around when people should post in the different apps.

Whereas Instagram Stories has proven popular, Facebook Stories seemingly hasn't. Parent company Snap Inc. has failed to meet Wall Street's expectations in recent quarters and is planning a major redesign of Snapchat for next month to kick-start growth again.

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