You cannot use social media today without running into stories. They are simply everywhere. If you are a useful Facebook Messenger user, you know you can see your friend's Facebook and Messenger stories at the top of the list Chats . But a new Messenger feature puts your and others' stories inline for chats.
Facebook rolled out this feature in March 2019 to iOS users in version 206.0 and to Android users in version 184.108.40.206.99. So be sure to run the latest Messenger update for iPhone or Android, and you should be fine.
Seeing stories in chats is easy. When you chat with a friend who has written on their story, you have two ways to see it from the inside of the discussion thread. Note, however, that this only applies to one-on-one chats, because group chats do not let you see anyone's history in the group.
Only if you use the iOS app you can click on their profile icon in the upper left part of the thread. You know they have a new story about this icon having a blue ring around it. If it is a gray ring around it, it means that you have already looked at it. Second, if you are on iOS or Android, the new way to click the pop-up menu is "View [Name]" at the bottom of the chat.
Either of these actions opens your friend's story. You can finish it at any time by pulling it down. If you didn't look at all the clips in the story, you still see the blue ringed profile icon and the lower link. After looking at the whole story, the pop-up is deleted and a gray ring appears around the profile picture. You can always press the profile icon to look at the story, until it ends naturally.