Facebook's 'Stories' Section Now Shows Your Friends as 'Ghosts' to Make You Think They're Using It

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Last week, Facebook launched its new camera-focused update that brought along "Facebook Stories" into the main iOS application. Like Snapchat and Instagram Stories before it, Facebook Stories let users post a picture or video onto their feed, which disappears 24 hours later.

    Facebook Stories at launch

    Unfortunately, adoption of Facebook Stories appears to have been fairly low and users have begun to notice that the social network company is making a slight UI tweak to the feature in an attempt to boost usage (via The Verge).

    When it launched, Stories showed a circle with "Your Story," a Facebook bubble that explained how to use the new feature, and then listed your friends' Stories, if there were any to show. If there were none, the top of the Facebook app contained a lot of white space (as seen in the image above).

    Facebook Stories now, via @Kantrowitz

    Now, the company has begun to fill out this white space in the event that none of your friends are posting to Facebook Stories with ghost-like, grayed-out profile pictures. When tapped on, the bubbles simply remark that "[Blank] hasn't added to their Story recently." Adding to your own Story remains the same, with a tap on your own profile bubble.

    Although the update could be a simple UI clean-up to address the white space issue when not many Stories were up on the app, users online are looking at it as Facebook's attempt to draw their eyes to the new section of the app with pictures of their friends, convincing more people to post a Story of their own. On Instagram Stories, friends' Stories are grayed out only after you've tapped through their most recent posts. If no one has posted anything, the space remains empty.

    Since Instagram Stories and Facebook's energetic push into video content, Facebook and Snapchat have remained rivals in the mobile app space. On April Fools' Day this past weekend, Snapchat finally responded to Facebook's recent glut of "Stories" updates with a copy of its own that allowed users to snap a picture using a filter that looked just like a post on Instagram.

    Article Link: Facebook's 'Stories' Section Now Shows Your Friends as 'Ghosts' to Make You Think They're Using It
  2. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Saw this this morning. It made me hate Facebook just a little bit more.
  3. brendu macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2009
  4. Avieshek, Apr 5, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017

    Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    Mark Zuckerberg. Can't change what one initially was from the core. Just showing the truer colours. Snapchat in Instagram, WhatsApp, a dedicated app even and now Facebook, how obsessive can this person be?
  5. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    Serious question, Facebook is ripping off everyone without paying any price or any legal or social repercussions. Do these companies or their users simply not care that Facebook is copying everything and hocking it as their own?
  6. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Legit question, do you use Facebook? If you hate it, why not delete your account?

    And WhatsApp *sigh*
  7. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    If only they would realize that this feature is neither needed nor wanted.
  8. JackieInCo Suspended

    Jul 18, 2013
    Thank God for having two jailbroken iPhones. I use AppAdmin to downgrade Facebook and Instagram to the time when stories didn't exist.
  9. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    More convoluted, less user friendly and relying on multiple apps. And killing off messages in mobile browsers in a move trying to force you into using their POS apps.

    I know they are doing well, but why is a mystery to me.
  10. DrumApple macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2009
    I don't mind Stories but there needs to be more features that Snapchat has like setting the time, location, stopping auto-playing the next story etc. It's very limited right now and folks aren't using it
  11. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Very sneaky way to boost use. Those who don't like it - are you gullible enough to fall for it?
  12. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Every day. I use loads of things I hate simply because there aren't any other viable options. Everyone I want to keep tabs on is using Facebook, and they don't show any signs of moving elsewhere. That's why I use it.

    The tool does an okay job of letting me keep tabs on people, but seems intent on becoming the most bloated and difficult to use service out there. It was better when stuff like this took the form of Facebook "apps" that I could choose to ignore, but that's changed and there's no way to opt out of all the new stuff Facebook keeps piling on.
  13. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Fair enough.
    Good thing I hate everyone I know so I've been Facebook-free since 2013 :p All the people I care to be in touch with use iMessage except for Ms. Q ¬¬
  14. Hustler1337 macrumors 68000


    Dec 23, 2010
    London, UK
  15. Superhappytree macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2015
    When will these social media apps realise that nobody wants a crappy version of Snapchat. If they want Snapchat they will use Snapchat.
  16. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    I know you asked someone else but I like to put my reason in as well.
    My Parents and Grandparents are just now getting accounts and I feel kinda guilty if I don't respond to them regularly on Facebook (Especially my grandmother who recently discovered the pleasures of chain messages and tired memes)
    Facebook is basically a social network for old people. They are the only ones active on it and don't understand Snapchat but hopefully by the time they do, a new social network can come along for us to go to.
  17. LordQ Suspended


    Sep 22, 2012
    Ah, my grandma, how I miss her telling us to "unstick from those apparatus" haha.
    My mum and dad recently realized that Facebook sucks and deleted the app. Both love Twitter though.
  18. WinstonRumfoord macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2014
    Ugh. Can't help but compare social media to the current inducing droud device in the known space books.

    This generation is turning out a bunch of wireheads. :(
  19. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    You can still use messages in the mobile browser if you first go to the "Visitors Posts" of a page, then request desktop site (only once if using Safari -- twice will give you the actual desktop layout).

    It's a shame so many services require you to use Facebook now.
  20. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    I did delete my account in 2013 but ended back on Facebook in 2016 due to pressure from people excluding me because it was all being done via Facebook Groups such as stag parties. I would love to delete it again, i really dislike Facebook but i doubt i will be able to and still be included in things. I just try to have as little as possible to do with it now and only load it really when needed.
  21. WBRacing macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2012
    As others are telling their stories (on a forum, not using Facebook! :D) - I created a Facebook account in 2007 as others were encouraging me and almost instantly had a load of people from school who were bullies and the like wanting to be friends.

    If that wasn't enough of a turn off, I found the whole thing a gibbering mess and just full of random thoughts that I had to filter through in order to find something of interest. It's almost like a stream of people's consciousness.

    After two months I stopped using it, that's 10 years ago and I'm still Facepalm free. I ditched WhatsApp as soon as that data leach bought it out and now use telegram.

    Now, if only I could be 10 years free from smoking...
  22. sdwaltz macrumors 6502a

    Apr 29, 2015
    "Stories" in all applications are stupid. End of discussion.
  23. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Some day I'll convince everyone to move to another platform. Some day.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 5, 2017 ---
    Argh, I'm a little jealous. Twitter is my platform of choice.
  24. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    I have no need for this - it's a rip off of Snapchat, and wasn't even needed to protect Facebook. No one is going to stop using Facebook and replace it with Snapchat, so why steal Snapchat's idea?
  25. Johnny907 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2014
    It's funny, I have a fairly sizeable friends list due to friends, family, business contacts etc and I haven't seen a single person use this feature once. Not even my nieces and nephews or my own kids, who are normally all up on the newest thing. The universal shrug Facebook stories has been received by gives me more amusement than it probably should, but I'm enjoying it all the same.

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