A new update now puts stories from Instagram and Messenger at the top of the News Feeds, other than allowing Facebook stories to be tied to specific events, groups or pages.
“People are still using the Stories format, and people want an easier way to share Stories across platforms. We're introducing a new experience simply called Stories, which will connect Facebook Stories and Messenger Day. Most people's experiences on Facebook are determined by the groups they join, the events they attend, and the pages they follow. So additionally, we are introducing Stories to these surfaces.” Claimed a Facebook Spokesperson.
This is just the latest move aimed at connecting Instagram and Facebook, dealing yet another blow to Snapchat, which has been losing users ever since Instagram added the story feature.
Facebook is also giving you control over who can or can’t see your stories. You can choose between different settings, making your Stories public, for anyone to see, only visible to friends and connections, only visible to friends or even customizable so to choose who you want to show it to or hide it from.
You can also choose whether or not you want your Stories to be cross-posted.
Collaborative Stories can now be created in an event page if you’re attending or are in the “interested in” list. The Stories you create will only be visible to people associated with the event and will last 24 hours.
In response, Snapchat is trying to push its “Our Stories” and “Snap Maps” feature, trying to tie stories to specific locations for people to see what’s going on around them, in an effort to stay relevant.