Yesterday, Facebook took the decision that everyone saw coming. It gave up on the Messenger Day feature and from now on, all the Stories will appear in the main Facebook Stories feature. The posts will also be in sync and you will be able to see them from both apps. They will still be available for 24 hours, but you won’t have to view a certain story on each app if you’ve already seen it on one.
According to Facebook product manager Connor Hayes, their idea was to make it much easier for users to share their stories in such a way that they’ll be visible on both apps. It’s interesting that there were some people who were already thinking that the posts on the two apps were connected. This made the team rethink their project and unite the stories the people are posting.
Facebook gives up on Messenger Day
However, users should know that the two cameras on Messenger and Facebook are going to remain separate. The Facebook one will be focused more on augmented reality and masks, while the Messenger one will focus on stylized captions. Experts are saying that by connecting the two apps, the user base of the Facebook Stories might grow even larger. It needs that, especially because it doesn’t have the popularity that Instagram Stories has.
Hayes says that the team feels optimistic about this change and that they think it will draw in more people. It’s interesting that Facebook is also giving up on the Facebook Direct feature. From now on, all the replies to the stories and the camera messages will appear in Messenger. According to Paulina Bozek, the Messenger product manager, people would like the Story replies to reach them via Messenger. So, this is what the team did to please them.
Facebook is also launching its new Stories for Groups and Events. Here, members can post various pictures and videos that the rest of the people in the group can also see.
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