Snapchat launches feature that lets users share stories outside the app

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

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

These shared stories can last longer than other Snapchat content.

Let's just hope the latest update can change the perspective of users per the redesigned app-Snapchat can't afford to slip further behind Instagram and Facebook.

The new functionality was spotted by Matt Navarra, who tweeted a screenshot that shows what Instagram users who do have access to the feature see when they look at their own profile page.

In a written statement, a spokesman for Snapchat said: 'Since launching Our Stories in June 2014, we've seen the unique perspectives of Snapchatters as they share Snaps from major news events as well as everyday life in Our Stories and Search Stories. You will be able to share your stories via text messages, iMessages, email, etc., by grabbing the URL.

There is a bit of a catch, and it's a big one: this feature isn't available for all Stories, only for those that the company deems fit.

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The feature appears when you press and hold down on certain "tiles" in the Discover part of the app.

Anyone who receives a Snapchat Story link from you won't even need the app to view it. Giving users tools to help identify who's harassing or potentially preying on them is the step in the right direction to curb creepy social media activity.

Snapchat has confirmed that, from later today, you'll be able to share your Stories to Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere. Snap says that, similar to the situation on mobile, Our Stories will be available on the web for up to 30 days before disappearing.

Search Stories are another way to discover user generated Snaps on Snapchat.

When sharing these links, you'll still have to keep their lifespan in mind. 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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