Snapchat Stories are coming to the web

Snapchat update lets you share Stories with people who don't even use the app – here's how to use it

This can be done using a share link generated in-app, and can be passed around other messaging platforms, internet forums, and other social networks easily. It the past, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has made a point to distance the company from them. For now, these three categories are the only Stories available for off-app sharing, but that may change over time. Following rumors that popped up in late December, Snapchat is now letting you share Stories outside of the app so you can view them on a mobile or desktop browser.

Snapchat users will be able to press and hold on the tiles in Discover feature to share Official Stories, Our Stories and Search Stories via a shareable link.

The well-known feature has been exposing people all over the world on Snapchat for years but, so far, Instagram's version is now only being trialled in Japan. Converting more people into Snapchat users is also the only way that Snapchat's business would directly benefit from enabling Stories to be viewed outside the app.

Well, if you're like me then you'll be delighted to know that you get can receive snaps from your mates even if you don't have the app.

For a company that enjoys keeping its user generated content within its app's walls, it's a big step for Snap. From there, Snapchatters can tap "share story" and decide to send the content via text message, email, Twitter, or copy the link.




However, the platform has come under increased pressure in the past year from Facebook and its range of services - including Instagram and WhatsApp - which have collectively introduced similar features to Snapchat, including their own version of Stories, to entice users to their own platforms.

If a Snapchatter has an Official Story, their name will appear under an Official Stories header when you search for them in the Add Friends screen.

As of today, anyone using the redesigned version of Snapchat (launched November 2017) can use the new sharing feature.

Search Stories will be available outside of Snapchat for 30 days.

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