"Voice posts lets you share in the moment without having to share a photo or video. But there isn't an option to upload photos or videos directly from phone - it's strictly for the things that you've captured within the Facebook Camera", Hayes said. The length of the voice posts will be limited to 20 seconds and just like regular story posts, they will disappear after 24 hours. But unlike Marketplace, which was introduced in at least 36 countries before it made its way to India, these features are being launched in India first. It can also be used to save photos they might want to share later, so they don't have to edit or post them immediately.
"The audience of the shared post by a friend would still be determined by the privacy settings of the person who created the voice post", the company clarifies. In the meantime, feel free to drop a comment if you happen to be one of the lucky ones already enjoying - or not - Voice Posts, cloud storage, and Stories archive capabilities.
The big new change for Stories will be the option to save photos and videos for later. Just like a text-based post or a video-based post, Voice Posts give people a more direct and intimate way to share what they're thinking.
Users will be able to put a background colour to audio posts or a background picture.
We are always working to help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them.
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Another upcoming feature will allow users to archive their Facebook Stories, not unlike Instagram's relatively new archiving feature.
It is not yet known when the rest of the world will see these new Facebook features. "For a lot of people, audio is a very important way for them to express themselves and communicate", said Hayes.
These new features will be coming to the Facebook app on Android in the coming weeks.
Hayes didn't provide any specific timeline for the availability of the new features in the global markets. Note that only you can see your archived Stories unless you choose to share them to your Stories again or post them on your News Feed. If you share a voice post to Stories, it will disappear from your story after 24 hours.
The third and last feature that Facebook will add is the ability to archive and view older Stories.