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The title seems confusing right? However, let’s go straight to the point. What the heck does Facebook is doing now that makes everything confusing for some? Well, it’s simple — as the current owner of Messenger is also copying the feature from Instagram, which they’ve copied on Snapchat again, but this time, they’re applying it to Facebook itself.
Seemingly improved, the Stories feature from Instagram has been tested now on Facebook for some Android users. It works pretty much exactly as on Instagram. Open up the Facebook app, and you’ll see a carousel of circular profile photos representing friends’ Stories above your News Feed. Like on Instagram and Snapchat, the Stories disappear after 24 hours, and you’re able to apply some sort of filters and effects.
A video walkthrough from one of our source let’s you see in details what’s coming up to Facebook soon.

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Since it is a story-esque style, photos and videos added to your stories won’t show up in the News Feed nor on your profile’s timeline. Because of this, you’ll have to send a direct message to reply to someone’s story, and you can’t comment on them in the traditional threaded manner on your feed. It’s also not clear whether you can add existing photos to your Stories on Facebook; since Instagram allows you to add photos from the past 24 hours.
For its part, Facebook says its introducing Stories now because the way people share content has changed significantly:

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. We’ve been testing a new camera and the new Direct feature in Ireland since last fall, and Stories is another example of how we’re helping people share the way they want to.

It is certainly known that the Stories has been a huge success on Instagram, with 150 million people using it in the five months since its debut, not to forget the Messenger’s story-like ‘My Day’ feature, which also attracted a numerous fans already.

With all that being said, it will likely be a while before you get to try out Stories on Facebook. It’s currently limited to a test in Ireland –  and will likely be brought to more countries in the coming months.

Source: Business Insider | via TheNextWeb