Another day, another change to Facebook. Facebook has a new feature called Facebook Stories that’s being rolled out to more countries, and it’s exactly what it sounds like it would be — basically a replica of Snapchat and Instagram Stories.
The new feature is located at the top of the Facebook mobile app, which happens to be the exact same location of Instagram Stories (but on the Instagram app, obviously). Facebook Stories allows users to add photos that disappear after 24 hours.
But don’t get too excited/stressed just yet.
So far, the feature is only available for users in Ireland, Chile, Greece, and Vietnam. It was tested in Ireland in January, and apparently did well enough to try it in more locations.
Since Facebook is the app of choice for many people to see what their friends are up to, adding a Stories feature makes sense. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to make keeping up with social media even more exhausting. Facebook Stories will be hard to avoid since it’s right smack at the top of your feed every time you open the app.
Facebook explained to TechCrunch the reasoning behind the new addition:
“Facebook has long been the place to share with friends and family, but the way that people share is changing in significant ways. The way people share today is different to five or even two years ago — it’s much more visual, with more photos and videos than ever before. We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want.”
Some users are into it, while others don’t see the point.
So if all goes well in the countries testing out Facebook Stories, we might be seeing the new feature pop up on our Facebook apps sometime soon. Whether that’s good or bad news, well that’s up to you.