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Seafarers and the ‘Stories’ tool

It might be all a bit esoteric but the online issues and battle between the behemoth that is Facebook and other social media platforms appears to be hotting up.

We’ve already seen the platform Vine bite the dirt after its USP of uploading short 6 second videos was copied by Facebook. Now Facebook and Snap Inc. are currently in the middle of a classic Silicon Valley tech battle over the next use of the platform called ‘Stories’.

Facebook and Snap Inc are currently in an argument about who ‘owns’ the intellectual copyright on ‘Stories’.

Lifted from Snap Chat, it is Facebook’s next major update. It’s a much more visual way of sharing, and gives some pretty neat ways of jazzing up photos and videos.

Stories is effectively another News Feed, but one that relies on visual rather than written information. It basically adds new filters and effects to the camera, and requires you to select the Stories section, rather than just posting to Facebook as a user normally would.

Facebook Stories can be shared from any mobile device with anyone that you are friends with. You can choose to share with a group of people, or just one individual, if you like. That might make it interesting within the mariner community in sharing ‘stories’!

Once posted, they’ll stay viewable for 24 hours. After that, they disappear.

You’ll find a section at the top of your News Feed that contains all your Stories. Basically, when you add a photo or video to a Story, it will appear here. If someone wants to see your Stories, this is where they click.

Why does it matter? Because the results of such tussles will shortly be visible on the device in your pocket.

It is becoming far easier for anyone to post some sophisticated videos and images which has a direct relevance for seafarers who may be the first witness at any sea borne incident.

Stories are used for sharing daily, creative, real-time updates.

This audience, in general, expects visually-pleasing, pretty and polished content but also ground breaking, intriguing and “from the scene” footage.
There’s a lot of potential for individuals with followers on Facebook to set themselves up as the local source of news on a breaking story. News and pictures from on scene you can follow easily. What more do you want?

Could that be one your seafarers following an incident? It certainly can.