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Bad News is on its Way for Facebook Stalkers!

Author: Sherryn de Vos
Date: 2017-04-05
Facebook stories has been launched on the social media giant, but it could out you, if you are a Facebook stalker. Here’s how!
It seems that every social media platform is rushing to include a stories feature. Since the success of Snapchat, various other platforms have moved toward a more interactive way of sharing stories. Facebook has been the latest platform to copy the feature made so popular by Snapchat. In its version, Facebook stories will allow you to record short snippets in the moment and share it straight to the site. You can then build up on stories throughout the day, which will all get deleted 24 hours later.

Snapchat Forged The Way For Stories

Snapchat shot to success with its simple story sharing feature in October 2013. Since its inception, it has gained 1.86 billion users and is worth $24 Billion. Its 26-year-old founder (yes, you read that correctly), Evan Spiegel, is worth $5bn. Instagram saw the success of the app and soon followed suit by including its own version of story sharing.  It placed the feature on the top of the app, making it easy for users to log on and instantly share an update. It soared to an incredible 150 million users daily in just five months, who logged on to share real-time videos of themselves. Facebook has obviously been eyeing the success of both for quite some time and had been testing a feature called QuickUpdates for a month last year. They did away with it, however, and moved on to the full-blown story feature.
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Watching Someone’s Update Won’t Be Anonymous

This is bad news for people who love the anonymity of the site. The ephemeral post will include a feature in which the poster can see who has viewed the short video. A side panel will list the names and profile of all who have tapped on the post to view it. This is unlike any other sharing feature on the site, which allows users to trawl through profiles without the person knowing. This, however, will be the only non-anonymous feature on the platform and the rest of the features will remain as is.
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Many people are questioning if this is merely a desperate bid to get people to start sharing after a decline in posting and sharing has been recorded over the last two years. Facebook responded with the following comment;
 “Facebook has long been the place to share with friends and family, but the way that people share is changing in significant ways.  The way people share today is different to five or even two years ago. It’s much more visual, with more photos and videos than ever before. We want to make it fast and fun for people to share creative and expressive photos and videos with whoever they want, whenever they want.”

How Does It Work

The feature is somewhat easy to navigate and can be either accessed through Messenger or by swiping right in Newsfeed. You can then record a short video, add an overlay to it and instantly share it to your feed if you are happy with it. We thought we would include a quick video for you to see it in action. How do you feel about the new feature?

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