Facebook Stories replaces Messenger Day with synced cross-posting

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Facebook is cleaning adult a excess in a Snapchat Stories clones. Today Facebook is murdering off a Messenger Day brand and merging a discuss app’s stories underline with Facebook Stories. Now, usually called “Stories,” 24-hour fleeting posts in possibly Facebook or Messenger will seem in both apps, and observation will be synced, too, so we won’t see a Story as unviewed in one app if we already watched it in a other.

To be clear, Messenger will still have Stories, they’re usually called Stories instead of Day.

“We indispensable to make it easier for people to share Stories opposite opposite apps,” Facebook product manager Connor Hayes tells me. “Some people indeed suspicion these practice were already connected. We feel like it would make sense.”

However, a cameras in Facebook and Messenger will sojourn distinct, with Facebook’s focused on protracted existence masks and effects, while Messenger focuses on adding captions and stylized content mouth-watering friends to hang out. But Hayes says “now that we’re joining a dual experiences, it creates clarity for them to have a same name.”

Simplifying a Stories charity and giving posts some-more bearing opposite a apps yet primer cross-posting could boost use of Facebook Stories, that hasn’t exploded with recognition like Instagram Stories. As we initial reported final month, Instagram has been rolling out a “cross-post to Facebook Stories” underline that will now stock to Messenger too, yet there’s no stream devise to concede Facebook Stories to be pushed to Instagram.

Facebook hasn’t given superintendence on a recognition of Facebook Stories yet it pronounced Messenger Day had 70 million daily active users in September, contra 300 million on Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status, and 178 million on Snapchat’s whole app. But looking forward, with all a new launches, Hayes says “we’re really optimistic.”

Ditching Facebook Direct fleeting messaging

Meanwhile, Facebook is also removing absolved of a Facebook Direct underline for private fleeting messaging, and instead will track all Stories replies and Facebook Camera messages by Messenger. For now, that means there’s no longer a disintegrating messaging choice on Facebook, as Direct used to undo photos and videos after they were watched and a review around them had died out.

Facebook is creation a change after doing investigate on users. “They cite Story replies to land inside Messenger,” says Messenger product manager Paulina Bozek.

At face value, a finish of Facebook Direct could seem to be a win for Snapchat, that sees fleeting messaging as a primary use box and differentiator after all of Facebook’s apps cloned a Stories feature.

But it could foreshadow Facebook rising a some-more legitimate fleeting messaging underline inside Messenger, that already has 1.3 billion monthly users. Direct was building a user bottom from blemish and never seemed to locate on, so putting disintegrating messages in Messenger could be a most bigger hazard to Snapchat. For now though, Facebook tells me fleeting messaging is not an choice in Messenger and it doesn’t have anything to share on destiny skeleton here.

Also announced today, Facebook is rising collaborative Facebook Stories for Groups and Events where members can minister posts that a rest can see, that could be good for parties, weddings, and meetups.

Plus, looking to boost use of Facebook Stories in a building world, that Snapchat hasn’t prioritized until now, Facebook is permitting users of a stripped-down low-data-usage Facebook Lite app to perspective Stories. The ability to post will come to Facebook Lite soon. You can review a full write-up about Facebook Stories for Groups, Events and Lite here.

Beyond cross-posting and synced viewing, Facebook is also implementing new remoteness controls for Stories that run opposite both a categorical app and Messenger. You’ll be means to make Stories manifest to a public, friends only, friends and connectors (which includes non-friends you’ve “added” on Messenger) or a tradition list of specific friends.

If there was any doubt that Facebook is in it to win it in a Stories fight opposite Snapchat, that should be laid to rest now. Facebook isn’t retreating from Stories, even as it cleans adult a product line. Though use might be slim to date, a association is betting that it’s not usually U.S. teenagers that wish to share fleeting slideshows of photos and videos. Even if it takes years, a distinguished chain opposite a apps could solemnly captivate in late adopters to share their daily lives, not usually a large highlights.

People are vain. They crave attention. Show their selfies atop another billion-plus user app with no additional chore, and they’ll feel some-more compelled to share.