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How To See Who Viewed your Facebook Story

Posted by Jamie on March 19, 2019

Want to know more about Facebook Stories? Want to know how to create one? How to see who viewed your Facebook Story? Want to add effects to your Facebook Story? Read on to find out how!

Facebook Stories were introduced a couple of years ago as an alternative News Feed that focused on visuals rather than headlines. Like a certain other social network, these stories stay live for 24 hours before disappearing. Both businesses and individuals use the feature and it is still going strong as far as I can tell.

Facebook Stories are designed to be used with the Facebook camera app but you can upload your own footage or images if you prefer. There are some basic editing tools and effects you can add too if that’s your thing.

How Facebook Stories work

Post a Facebook Story and it will appear at the top of your News Feed. If your friends post a Story, their profile pic will appear there. Stories you have not yet viewed will have a blue circle around them. Those you have viewed will not. Select that profile picture to view their Story and it will play within the Facebook app. You can view and move on or send a Direct Message from within the window.

Unlike the rest of the network, Facebook Stories doesn’t feature comments, Likes or other interactions. Your only option is a DM using Messenger.

How to create a Facebook Story

If you want in on the action and haven’t used them before, creating a Facebook Story takes just a few seconds. Let’s create one from within Facebook.

  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone and select the camera icon.
  2. Take a picture or record a video.
  3. Select the little wand icon bottom left to add effects.
  4. Select Share Now once you’re done to upload it to Facebook.

I’ll cover the effects more in a bit.

Your Facebook Story will stay live for 24 hours like Snapchat’s versions. People can then view it and DM you as they see fit.

See who viewed your Facebook Story

If you want to see who viewed your Facebook Story, you can. Facebook added this feature so businesses can track the reach of their Stories and I guess so individuals could see which friends were interested and which were not.

  1. Open your Story within the Facebook app.
  2. Look for the eye icon in the bottom left of the screen.
  3. Select that icon to see who has viewed your Story.

Depending on your privacy settings, you may only see Friends here or Friends, Connections and randoms with Friends at the top. Either way, you can see exactly who has viewed your story and when.

How to add effects to your Facebook Story

Facebook Stories come with a bunch of effects and basic edits you can make before sharing. They are the usual stickers and emojis and a few neat features like polls, location, labels and a few other things.  You can access these effects from the camera.

  1. Open the Facebook app on your phone and select the camera icon.
  2. Take a picture or record a video.
  3. Select the little wand icon bottom left to add effects.
  4. Select the Aa icon to add text.
  5. Select the face icon at the top to add location, music, poll or whatever.

There are dozens of options within Facebook Stories. Most are accessed via the two icons at the top and the wand icon at the bottom. Save and Share Now once finished to do just that.

Control who sees your Facebook Story

The same privacy options you get with Facebook updates or posts is available within Facebook Stories. You can control who sees what by configuring it before you share.

  1. Before you hit Share Now, select the down arrow next to Your Story.
  2. Select Public, Friends and Connections or Friends Only. There is also a Custom option if you need it.
  3. Select to Share once done.

Like other Facebook settings, Public makes your Story available to anyone. Friends and Connections restricts it to just people who know you and Friends only is just for people who have friended you. The Custom option is a named list where you can specify exactly who gets to see your Story.

You can also modify these settings even after a Story has been published.

  1. Select Your Story from within the app.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon and then Edit Story Settings.
  3. Change the setting as above and hit Save.

That’s the basics of the Facebook Story. It’s a simple feature that adds another dimension to the social network even if it is a blatant copy of someone else’s idea!

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