Snapchat Now Has a 24-Hour Self-Destruct Timeline

Snapchat's unique selling point has always been the fact that images and videos could be shared with one other person before—poof!—they went up in smoke. Now, though, the app is branching out, to provide a 24-hour timeline to share with friends.


Called Stories, it's Snapchat's attempt at making its service both more social and a little more permanent. Post a picture or video to Snapchat Stories, and it'll appear on a feed for 24 hours, after which it will disappear for good. Like Path, you'll also be able to see who has viewed each piece of content.

It's an interesting move, and one that could work well. Plenty of people are unsure about the permanence associated with some social networks (*cough* Facebook *cough*), and this could perhaps provide a nice compromise between that and the ethereal quality of Snapchat of old. The new feature will roll out on both iOS and Android soon. [Snapchat via Engadget]



courseI've never used this. But it's interesting. Here's why:

With a service like this, in general your information is less permanent. People *could* take a picture of their phone screen, but in general this won't happen.

However, this will happen in some cases. And a service like this invites people to share things they otherwise wouldn't. Maybe something scandalous—something they wouldn't share any other way.

Put those two together, and I could see this service actually causing more regrets for people than posting on Facebook.

Of course if you're sending innocuous messages and you just like that in general they're temporary, unless someone went out of their way to keep them, it sounds like a good, fun service.