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Tips To Use Facebook Story Feature

I have already blogged about Facebook cloning Snapchat stories feature again. After Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger, it's finally Facebook now who has mirrored the famous and beloved Snapchat stories feature.

Starting today, we all users will soon be able to access the new Facebook Camera feature with different filters and stickers - just like the Snapchat camera. This will let Facebook users share Facebook Stories that appears above News Feed on mobile and works similarly to Snapchat’s 24-hour update. You can also share these posts to News Feed, individual friends through the new Facebook Direct private visual messages.

“As people mostly post photos and videos, Stories is the way they’re going to want to do it. Obviously, we’ve seen this doing very well in other apps. Snapchat has really pioneered this.”

Said Connor Hayes, Facebook Camera product manager.

“Our new camera puts visual content at the heart of the Facebook experience, So it feels natural for the camera to do more of the talking.”

Said Kristen Spilman, Facebook’s director of art and animation.

Tips to use Facebook Stories, Camera, and Direct

Facebook’s obvious but somewhat cluttered design puts its new products readily accessible from the home screen rather than buried in tabs.

Stories

Similar to Instagram Stories, there are a circular Stories bubbles in a row above the News Feed, showing the profile pics of friends who’ve posted. Positive point is that Facebook will rank stories by relevancy rather than reverse chronology like Snapchat. This means that you’ll see your closest friends first, which makes sure you get the maximum value no matter how long you spend watching.

A text and image reply bar appear overlaid on Stories that will let you respond directly through Direct. These replies only live as long as the 24-hour disappearing content, so friends will have to check them quickly or miss them entirely. The readily visible reply bar might slightly obstruct the view but should greatly increase reply frequency.

However, Facebook Stories can’t be viewed by your public followers, for now, so the product is effectively pushing social media influencers to do their broadcasting on Instagram Stories where verified profiles get special features. Plus, till now there’s no Pages or businesses allowed on Stories or ads inserted between Stories.

Spilman says once Facebook is sure users love Stories, “We’ll considering broadening to brands and businesses.” 

Facebook Camera

You can quickly swipe right from the feed to open the Facebook Camera, where you can tap to shoot a photo or hold to record video. After taking your picture or making your video you can either post it to your Story, to the News Feed, to specific friends via Direct or any mix of these. Plus, you can also upload from your camera roll directory with no restrictions on old content. You’ll only see letterboxing if the content was shot on a device with a different aspect ratio. Videos have a max length of 40 seconds, much longer than Snapchat’s 10 and Instagram’s 15. That means you can share longer videos you’ve recorded or downloaded.

Facebook’s Camera offers most of the creative tools and they are as follows:


  1. Drawing with resizable marker and chalk brushes
  2. Emoji stickers
  3. Colored captions
  4. Animated selfie lenses and masks
  5. Environmental effects like highlight lines and funhouse mirrors
  6. Reactive filters that respond to movement like lava lamp colors
  7. Iterative filters that surprise you with new effects if you get more people in frame
  8. Fine-art-style transfers that make your images look like line drawings or impressionist paintings
  9. Professional artist filters like Hattie Stewart’s doodle bombs and Doug Copeland’s psychedelia
  10. Licensed filters from six movie studios, including a Minions filter
  11. Cause-supporting filters like rainbows for gay pride
  12. Geotagged location filters for certain places
  13. Country-specific filters for around 10 initial markets


Overall, Facebook Camera feels extremely powerful and polished, with effects popping up fast and a sensible way of organizing them all. It doesn’t require you to know secret tricks or techniques. Whether or not you use Stories, Facebook Camera should help you express yourself more vividly.

Direct

Direct will let you share anything you captured or upload through Facebook Camera directly to specific friends without leaving the app, i.e you don't need Messenger for this, who’ll receive it in their Facebook app’s Direct inbox. These messages last at least until they’re viewed, and will remain visible until the conversation stops. So if you’re rapidly replying back and forth with text or images about a Direct message it will stay alive.

Although, it has taken a little space on my newsfeed but still it looks good to me and a positive enhancement. With time, we'll see whee it will go. Till then why not start updating our stories on Facebook too?! 

Happy Facebooking!

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