Feeling too tired to type your next grand status update on Facebook? Ok, no problem! Simply tap the mic icon on the status update composer menu on Facebook app and speak your status and then hit upload. That could be the future as Facebook is thinking of introducing voice clips as part of users status updates.
The feature will be available as a new ‘Add Voice Clip’ option if Facebook decides to roll it out worldwide. Currently, the social network is conducting some test runs on the feature on a small click of users in India.
Your Facebook friends will see a waveform in their News Feed, and when they click it, they will hear your recorded voice clip. For those people to whom the beta feature is already available to, it does not appear like there is a length limitation to the recording.
“We are always working to help people share and connect with their friends and family on Facebook in ways that are authentic to them. Voice clips gives people a new medium through which to express themselves,” said Facebook in a statement to TechCrunch.
Users can listen to the voice clip on their phone for as long as they have the Facebook app open. The voice clip playback registers as a video. You should remember that voice clip is already available privately on Messenger. It looks like the social network is interested in making a public version as well.
In other News – Facebook ended alternative News Feed Explore
Facebook also announced it is ending its experimental alternative News Feed called Explore. For more on this, click here. The whole thing was never welcome by users in countries where it had rolled out. People think it was misguided and unnecessary.
As it would have worked out, you were to get two News Feed; one specially dedicated to your friends and family only. The other will be for everyone else, including posts from Pages you have liked. The experiment did not work out, and Facebook is shutting the whole idea down.
“You gave us our answer: People don’t want two separate feeds. In surveys, people told us they were less satisfied with the posts they were seeing, and having two separate feeds didn’t actually help them connect more with friends and family,” wrote Adam Mosseri, the head of News Feed product at Facebook.