Messenger Day nixed as Facebook pushes Stories feature

Doris Richards
November 14, 2017

Someone in the company must have realized that, because it's making things just a bit less puzzling by merging Facebook Stories and Messenger Day.

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 says this will make it easier for users to share content across both services, while also noting that some people were already under the impression that stories posted to Messenger were also posted to Facebook. "All you have to do is select from one of these audience settings on either Facebook or Messenger, and any changes you make from your existing audience settings will update across the other". If you open them in one app, they are marked as viewed in the other app. Per the platform, "You control who you share your Stories with". How many people are now using Facebook Stories and the cross-posting feature isn't clear; it is clear, though, that many Facebook users aren't interested in Stories given how infrequently they show up (brands aside).

All of this might sound confusing, but thats because it is. The fused experience is now simply called "Stories", and any photo, video or slideshow you upload appear both on Facebook itself and the Messenger app. Now, the count is down to three, which is still three too many.

By combining the features, Facebook is likely hoping to entice more people to use the ephemeral offering. While users of Facebook's low-data-usage version can view stories, they cannot contribute at present. The new feature allows members to contribute Stories that can only be viewed by the members of the group or event, a ideal feature for private functions such as parties, and weddings.

Update: This post has been updated to clarify Stories from Groups, Events and Pages will not be available in Messenger.

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