Facebook introduces Voice posts, Stories archive & Cloud storage features


The Facebook Stories Archive feature lets users save their stories to view, re-live them and share them.

Addressing the limited phone storage issues faced by most Indians, Facebook has added a feature that will allow users to save photos and videos for later.

Having added an option for audio in Facebook Camera, users can now exchange voice messages as "Voice Posts". Facebook claims the audio posts has been built keeping data restrictions in mind and is optimised for low data/network conditions.

Among other offerings, the Save Photos and Videos feature offers you a way to save photos and videos that you capture using the Facebook Camera.

Wibbitz, which uses artificial intelligence to create video content, is opening up its platform to brands and agencies, the company announced Wednesday. That's why Facebook's option for users to save images directly into their accounts rather than on their device, will be appealing to some.

Your Voice Posts on Stories will not be stored until you have archived the Story. These three new features are debuting first in India though will gradually be available all across the globe.

To save a photo or video, go to the Facebook Camera and then tap the Save button at the bottom. Voice posts are audio-only clips that you record when posting a Story or upload as a file, along with a photo that was taken previously.

According to Facebook, for some people photos and text are not the most effective way to communicate. Voice posts, which are also being introduced, give people a new medium through which they can express themselves. Since voice posts work in a similar fashion as stories, it will disappear after 24 hours. You can always choose to not save them.

Like on Instagram, the stories posted on Facebook disappear automatically after 24-hours. Now, Voice posts will be a new option in the Facebook Camera. "You can still find it in your Stories Archive if you have Archive turned on", Facebook explained.

You'll need to tap the Archive button (looks like a small clock) that is located in the Stories section above your News Feed. You can also reshare them as a story or post it on News Feed.

Another upcoming feature allows users to archive their Stories, not unlike Instagram's relatively new archiving feature. Nevertheless, he said: "These are features that are rolling out first in India but eventually they will be broadly available".