Facebook’s Stories might be about to get more natural with a new experimental user interface change.
The problem with Stories was two-fold. First of all, it duplicated functionality shared by other platforms more suited to the format. Crucially, these included Facebook’s own Instagram and WhatsApp messaging platforms. Second, it breaks the flow of how users interact with Facebook.
A new feed redesign spotted by Facebook Sleuth Jane Manchin Wong indicates that the firm might be fixing that.
As shown in the screenshot below, the new feed will integrate both wall Posts and Stories naturally. Stories will no longer sit awkwardly above all other content, but will be consumed just like any other post on the news feed.
Here's an example of how Stories are shown together with regular Posts
The left side is a regular photo post of my friend changing profile picture. The right side is my friend's Story. And both of these are shown within the same UI pic.twitter.com/Fi2Mfqg2rX
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 15, 2019
Facebook often runs various tests on its apps, and this one is a non-public one as the firm pointed out to The Verge. The firm may choose to roll it out, or more likely, it may not. Either way, this is an interesting look at what Facebook may have planned for its users.