Facebook and Messenger will now share the same Stories

Pablo Tucker
November 14, 2017

It's also withdrawing the Facebook Direct messaging feature in favour of handling Stories replies and messages via Messenger, the report suggests. Posts in either of Facebook or Messenger will appear in the two apps, while viewing will be synced so users won't be bored with seeing an already viewed Story. According to TechCrunch, not only will Stories between Messenger Day and Facebook be consolidated as of today, but Facebook is also getting rid of Direct, an ephemeral messaging feature.

Instead of having to walk each and every person in your life through the same Story, you can blast it out to everyone who needs to know - and start the personal, one-to-one conversation after they've heard the news you're looking to share. Across its four main properties — Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp — Facebook had a Stories feature within all of them, independent of each other. "They'll be able to post while inside Events and Groups, or get the option to share there on the Facebook Stories share sheet", said Connor Hayes, Facebook's product manager, as quoted by TechCrunch.

It has become a tradition for Facebook to rejig things once in a while, and this one didn't come as a surprise to me.

Despite being a blatant copy of Snapchat's Stories, Facebook has actually seen huge traction with its own version. "We feel like it would make sense". If you upload them in one app, they are visible in the other app.

"We needed to make it easier for people to share Stories across different apps". Soon, everyone using the lighter version of the app will be able to post their stories. Facebook Stories recently followed, but for users on the social network.

Facebook is available on the Play Store, though this feature still appears to be rolling out so it may take a bit to hit your account.

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