Snapchat has updated Stories—it’s now easier to share your stories even with people who don’t have or use the app. However, you can only share Search Stories, Our Stories, and Official Stories. In other words, not every story can be shared with none users of the app.
Snap said that starting in the next few weeks, in tandem with a broader rollout of its redesigned mobile app, it will add a new share option to Story tiles in its Discover section. From there, users will be able to share a link via text or email outside of the main Snapchat app. To view these Stories on the web, Snap is launching a desktop web viewer accessible over at Snapchat.com. The company says users in Australia and Canada, both of which have broader access to the redesigned app, can start sharing on the web today.
A new desktop web viewer that will make Stories viewable on the web at Snapchat.com is also being launched by Snapchat. Snapchat users in Australia and Canada be able to access this new feature—they will be able to share a link via text or email outside the app, The Verge reports.
Snapchat has been finding its tough these days—not with Facebook and Instagram breathing down its neck. The ephemeral picture sharing app recently started rolling out its redesigned app. The decision to redesign its app, according to CEO Evan Spiegel was to make the app easier for people to use, but things haven’t actually worked according to plans.
Users, especially in the UK, Canada and Australia kicked against the app’s new redesign. No fewer than 83 percent of those who reviewed the app on the App Store have given it thumbs down.
Apparently, users are not happy the way things turned out—with many of them complaining that the feeds are no longer chronological and are confusing.
So angry are many of the users that some of them resorted to contacting Snapchat support on Twitter to express their frustration at the new design. Their demands are quite clear—they all want Snapchat to revert to status que.
A breakdown of the stats according to TechCrunch, shows that only a paltry 17 percent, or 391 of the reviews, give it three to five stars—that’s damning to put it mildly.
Apparently, Snapchat users are annoyed that Stories from friends who follow them back are now disjointed through the inbox with messages threads in between. This is contrary to situation where they are all laid out in one place.
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. What this means is that the new redesign prevents users from auto-advancing to lay back and watch loads of Stories of many other users.
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.