Facebook is trying to make Stories a success on web and mobile
Facebook has made another major update to one of its most troubled new features.
The social network introduced the new Stories feature for the Messenger app last month in an attempt to let users share more about their day.
Inspired by the company's Instagram site, Facebook Stories let users share their daily activity using pictures and short video clips.
Similar to offerings from Instagram and Snapchat, the stories stayed live for 24 hours, and could also be posted to your timeline and News Feed directly.
However, the service has failed to take off, so in an attempt to fix this, it now seems that Facebook Stories is breaking free of the company’s mobile apps and taking to the web.
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Facebook has now launched Stories on the Messenger.com hub for its chat service, marking a whole new way for users to share their updates.
The web-based version of Stories is slightly different to the experience on the iOS and Android apps, and also more restrictive.
Users can’t post anything to their own updates, but only view stories from their contacts and friends.
Finding a certain person’s story is also sightly more complex, as Messenger.com does not show a constantly updating row of people who have posted recently.
Instead, you’ll need to search for the specific individual to find their story, which appears to be the only way to find out when someone has posted.
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Facebook Stories let users post continued updates about their day
Facebook also lets you view a specific person’s “Day” story in a Messenger chat box on the main Facebook.com website.
Doing so will cause the updates to pop out and overlay on top of your own Facebook news feed.
Lastly, there’s an option to launch this directly from a Messenger chat, with Facebook now offering the option to “Watch (contact’s name) day”.
This again opens up the story on top of the main site, but includes the same controls to skip though certain bits, or rewind to watch other parts.
It remains to be seen if launching Stories on its web page will help Facebook boost user numbers, but the news is the second major change to the new feature since its launch.
Earlier this week, Facebook rolled out a new look for Stories on its mobile apps to try and fill the rather embarrassing gap left at the top of many people’s News Feeds due to poor initial reception.
Facebook now shows a line-up of your recently-contacted friends and relatives with their pictures greyed out.
The images appear whether your friends have used Facebook Stories or not in the past, creating a slightly odd gallery of ghostly-looking pictures.
Tapping on one of the grey images brings up the message that, "(contact) hasn’t posted to his / her story recently”.