Signal becomes “more social”: Stories for Messenger contacts

The current beta versions reveal it: Signal is getting a story feature, as is already known from other messengers. Text, images and videos can be shared with contacts. The recipients do not receive these messages directly in the individual chats, but access the messages via their own tab. For example, the feature is well suited for distributing jealous photos from your vacation to your circle of friends without disturbing the individual too much.

This makes Signal a bit more of a social network. Although the messenger already scored with nice features and, for example, the various reaction emojis of the green-colored competition were ahead of it until recently, some WhatsApp users may have missed the stories very much.

In Signal, you can share a message – at least according to its current status – on the one hand as a “private story” with selected contacts, on the other hand as a group story with a group. In addition to group members and address book contacts, you can also show your stories to those you’ve written to in a one-on-one chat.

Signal has (unfortunately) taken over the short watch time of a post from the contest: the story disappears 24 hours after publication. This ranks as one of the tricks developers use to attract their users to the apps. If you don’t want to miss anything, check the tab at least once a day to see if friends have posted anything new. And the creator is drawn to the app to see who has viewed their post. This does not leave everyone cold, curiosity can lead to uncontrolled behavior or even addiction.

If you don’t want to be tempted or don’t want to do anything with social posts at all, you can – unlike WhatsApp – turn off the new function in Signal.

The developers emphasize that the stories are also end-to-end encrypted. Security is generally an important advantage of Signal: not only are the chats encrypted, but the messenger also tries to reduce metadata to protect the interlocutor. The messages are transported as a letter with no sender on the envelope. In our comparison with WhatsApp, Telegram, iMessage, and others, Signal turned out to be the recommended option. Edward Snowden also uses Messenger.

The developers have not announced when the new version of Signal will be released. Currently, only beta testers for the Android app 5.52 and iOS app 5.57 can tell stories among themselves.


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