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.
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).
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 “