Facebook Making 'Stories' Public Is a Blow to Rival Snapchat

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In March this year, when Facebook introduced Facebook Stories feature, you could only share it with all your friends or a subset of them. Facebook's new story setting was first spotted by social media researcher Carlos Gil, according to TechCrunch. While it was a blatant copy, it's been hugely successful, boasting 250 million monthly active users, compared to Snap's 166 million. That essentially means anyone posting Stories on their profile can make it viewable to not only "friends", but also public "followers".

"This is something we rolled out a few weeks ago", says the spokesperson. Previously one can only share Story with his/her friends. "Then one has to go to 'edit story settings" and change the setting from "friends" to "public".

The new Facebook Stories feature will be great for everyone who enjoys posting regularly on this social network
The new Facebook Stories feature will be great for everyone who enjoys posting regularly on this social network

While private Facebook Stories only appear in friends Stories section just above the feed, TechCrunch predicted that the company might be showing posts from public figures as well in the similar section once the post is switched to public.

This feature is of particular interest to internet celebrities as they now see Facebook Stories as a platform equivalent to that of Instagram and Snapchat where their stories could be seen by their followers without necessarily having to add them as a contact/friend. Facebook has recently unlocked the Public sharing feature that allows you to post your story publicly. It's even launched a feature within Snapchat Stories that opens the service up to third-party links, something Facebook has yet to explore.

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