Facebook Is Now Adding Stories In Its Main App With 3D Camera Effects And More


Facebook is blatantly copying Snapchat in its various platforms. From Instagram Stories to the Messenger Day update in its Messenger app, the company is on the road to add Snapchat's Stories feature in its main app. What this means is that Facebook Stories will soon appear at the top portion of your News Feed in the mobile app. Let's dive in to see some more details on the subject and see how it would differ from the Snapchat Stories.

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To begin with, Facebook Stories will be pretty much similar to what we're used to in Instagram Stories. This means that the photos and videos that you add to your story will be automatically deleted after 24 hours of posting.

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In addition to this, you would have the option available to directly share your Stories with your friends and family, rather than adding them to the primary Stories timeline. Facebook is calling the feature 'Direct' that sends individual photos and videos to specific people. Moreover, photos shared via Direct will be automatically deleted. The media is immediately deleted once the conversation has ended - something we're already used to in Snapchat. The message is basically short-lived as the user can only replay the message once, view it once and write a reply only once.

To create a story, swipe right on the News Feed, opening the new camera or tapping on the 'Your Story' from the top bar. You have several options or tools available at your disposal to make your content pop out more. For instance, you can add text, annotations and much more. If that's not enough, you can always turn on 3D face-recognition filters for further customization of the photo that you took.

The Facebook camera is packed with dozens of effects like masks, frames and interactive filters that you can apply to your photos and videos. Reactive effects let you interact with dynamic objects— like falling snow—and style effects apply an artistic filter to your video in real time, letting you turn your everyday selfie into a Picasso-style work of art.

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The 3D camera option is pretty neat and the overall experience is similar to  what Snapchat offers. However, the face recognition filters adds new options to the tablel. As for the user interface, the profile pictures are located in the circular form that's much like Instagram Stories. While the News Feed is permanent, the Stories last for a short time. There's a lot more to the feature, so do check it out.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Facebook Stories? Do you think it's a good move by Facebook? Share your thoughts in the comments.