Snapchat to let users share stories outside the app

The redesigned app will be rolled out to users alongside the Story sharing update

For the time being, the long-requested feature will only be available for users in Australia and Canada, where the Android and iOS Snapchat app has already been updated to account for the drastic redesign that was teased last November. You will be able to share your stories via text messages, iMessages, email, etc., by grabbing the URL.

Snapchat (NYSE:SNAP) will pursue growth by letting its users share Stories to other linked social media, including Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).

At launch, the feature is limited to Official Stories, Our Stories and Search Stories.

While it shows you how many times your profile has been viewed, it doesn't tell you who those visitors are.

The hope from the company is that the new feature will help Snap users share stories with friends and family who don't use the app, a spokesperson said.

Even more annoying is the fact that the new design forces users to tap a preview of the next person's Story before it is shown. It could mean that media outlets etc could essentially embed snapchat stories much like Facebook or Twitter posts.

As with the app, Official Stories will only be viewable for 24 hours, while other stories will be available for 30 days.

"Our Stories make you feel like you're at an event, festival or celebration anywhere in the world and are hand-curated or automatically created by Team Snapchat".

When sharing these links, you'll still have to keep their lifespan in mind. You can find Our Stories by swiping left to the Discover screen and tapping on the Our Story you'd like to watch, or by using search.

Meanwhile, Snapchat has reported lower-than-expected 178 million daily active users in the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

To view these Stories on the web, Snap is launching a desktop web viewer accessible over at Snapchat.com.

"You can also search keywords in Search to see Snaps from the community". First, there's Official Stories - these are from a small group of notable Snapchatters, including top celebs like Phillip Schofield, Dua Lipa, Chris Froome, Stormzy, Anthony Joshua, Joe Wicks, Millie Bobby Brown, Rita Ora, and Niall Horan.

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