Facebook Stories launched

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 3, 2012
Updated • Jan 4, 2018
Companies, Facebook

The idea behind Facebook Stories is simple: Some of the 950 or so million Facebook users, minus the ten percent fake accounts, must have used the site for something deeper than playing games, listening to music or posting status updates. It appears to be an attempt to prove that Facebook is more than that, and that the site can be used for life-changing extraordinary activities as well.

If you now thought that you would only see celebrities lined up on the Stories website then I have to tell you that you are wrong about that.  When you look closely, you will notice that the bulk of stories are about regular people that happen to be Facebook users. There is a story about a Facebook group from Guelph Ontario that tries to save a landmark building in the city, and one from a user who lost all of his memories after an accident who is using Facebook to piece together part of his past life. If you are particularly interested in these kind of stories, then you will feel right at home on the website.

Facebook obviously has its own agenda when it comes to the site, and if you think that all the posted stories make Facebook seem kinda great, then you may have found the core reason for the site's creation. While marketing certainly has played an important role in the creation of Facebook Stories, there may be more behind the site than that.

Facebook for one zooms in on particular members of the site, or groups, and puts them into the spotlight, something that the company has not done before in large scale. This may help some of the users or groups to get the publicity they need to succeed.

Facebook plans to offer monthly features as well on the site. Each month an author will highlight books that fit the month's theme, and a musician will make available a playlist on Spotify.

All Facebook users are invited to submit their stories to the site, as long as it includes an extraordinary way Facebook has been used. Good stories like finding your long lost dog companion after ten years on Facebook via the site's people you know feature may then be featured on the Facebook Stories website where they are made available to a large audience.


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  1. Wayfarer said on August 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Nope. Still not tempted. Off to do some real social networking (involving a dog and a pub.)

  2. Transcontinental said on August 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Casanovas have always known the right words settled on one’s heart when eyes glancing elsewhere. I will never trust Facebook, whatever the violins, the music, the tears, the charm.
    Not because it is business, business is not incompatible with humanism, but because I happen to dislike the company, what I believe (I admit I may mistake) of its philosophy, of its CEO. I a word: I don’t trust the founder.

    Should I join social Web it would be, at this time, but Tweeter and maybe Google+. I like Tweeter, and I like Google. Very subjective, indeed.

    1. OblongCircles said on August 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      It never ceases to amaze me that some people will actually take the time to explain why they don’t want or trust or believe in a product or platform or to just complain about a company, a situation or life in general. Is that what they mean by an internet troll?

      It’s one thing to voice an complaint, a relevant complaint, about the topic at hand. But to complain about the color blue because you once bought a blue shirt that faded in the wash is just rubbish.

      In my opinion, if you aren’t interested in something, move along. There’s plenty of other things for you to do with your time.

      There’s a name we use for people that are constantly complaining, maligning or otherwise being party-poopers –> negs. We call them negs because they waste most or all of their energy on being as negative as possible about everything, especially other people’s happiness, opportunities or good news.

      Some people refer to them as pessimists but at least pessimists weigh the pros and cons about something before looking ahead to the next thing to be dismal about.

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