The Facebook Stories updates include new filters, a new layout for Nearby Friends, updated Stories Composer, and more.
Facebook was testing a feature in October 2018, which let users see their friends’ locations that are nearby, which was an improvement of the opt-in feature launched a few years ago known as ‘Nearby Friends’. Now, Facebook is testing a card layout in Nearby Friends as a part of the Facebook Stories updates.
As you can see in the tweet below a user can see their location and their friends’ imprecise location that are nearby on a map. The feature seems to be inspired by Snap Map.
The new Facebook Stories Composer suggests filters using on-device machine learning model. In layman terms, Facebook would find patterns as to which filters you use the most and suggests filters that you’d like to use or would want to use consistently.
Additionally, Facebook is also testing to show ‘Your Archives’ replacing the tab ‘Add to Story’ at the top of the feed. The section may be similar to the one on Instagram, which shows all the Stories you’ve posted till date and lets you repost them.
Furthermore, Facebook is also working on a new photo picker that lets you select pictures for uploading photos. It’s unclear as to what the changes are but it seems like the platform is updating their backend to provide a consistent user experience across different parts of the app.