Facebook merges Stories and Messenger Day

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Facebook also announced today that it's replacing its Messenger Day feature with Facebook Stories, allowing for cross posts between Messenger and the normal Facebook application.

A feature similar to that of Snapchat Stories, Facebook revealed that those on various groups and events pages will be able to contribute to a Facebook Story that's visible to the rest of the members and moderated by the admins.

The company is now making some changes to Stories with the aim to get users to actually start sharing their days with their friends. Along with this change, Facebook is also killing private ephemeral messaging feature Direct. Now, Facebook Stories will be synced across both platforms, although camera filters will still remain separate.

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Facebook described the change in a recent post under its Messenger account, saying that Messenger Day and Facebook Stories will be merged via a new "experience" it simply calls Stories. Instagram is already pretty well integrated with Facebook, so connecting both the services' Stories feature shouldn't be too much of a technical problem. However, Stories from those spots won't be available in Messenger. "For a lot of people, the most meaningful things that they do on Facebook on a daily basis are [centered] around a group they're in or an event they're attending or maybe even a page that they manage or follow". The new feature allows members to contribute Stories that can only be viewed by the members of the group or event, a flawless feature for private functions such as parties, and weddings. "Anyone who is interested in or attending that event will be able to contribute to the Story of what's going on with that event in real time". People will see stories on their Event and Group pages, as well as atop their News Feed.

What we can take away from all these changes, ultimately, is that Stories is being positioned as an integral part of the way that Facebook works.