Snapchat users can now share multiple photos and videos together in Stories format through the app’s main menu, the company announced on Friday. Users can select up to 10 friends to add to their shared Story, which will then be posted and disappear after 24 hours like any other story on Snapchat. If a friend adds you back to one of their stories, you will receive an alert from Snapchat letting you know this has happened. Snapchat’s New Shared Stories Feature: How It Works

The new feature

Snapchat’s new feature is called Shared Stories. The idea behind it is that you can take Snaps and post them on your Story, but then other people can add their own Snaps to that Story, too. This way, multiple people can contribute to a single story of something that happened in real time – just like hanging out with friends! Read on for a detailed look at how Snapchat’s new feature works.

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When it works

Snapchat’s new shared stories feature takes a page from other social media channels, like Facebook and Instagram. This is a good move by Snapchat because it’s been struggling to grow its user base, which has plateaued at around 158 million people. In an effort to boost its appeal, Snapchat launched shared stories in June 2016. The idea behind it was pretty simple: take your favorite Snapchat posts and turn them into a compilation that you can share with friends on other platforms.

Snapchats New Shared Stories Feature: How It Works
Snapchat’s New Shared Stories Feature: How It Works

When it doesn’t work

But while it may sound like a nifty new feature, there are some downsides to Snapchat’s Shared Story feature. If you’re not careful, you could end up posting things on your Snapchat Story that aren’t yours, which could lead to serious legal problems down the road. To make sure you know exactly what you can—and cannot—share on your shared stories and Snaps, here are three important points to keep in mind.

What is Snapchat?

Launched in 2011, Snapchat is an app that lets users take photos and videos, add a caption to each one and then send them over to friends. Each image will self-destruct after a set amount of time that you determine when you send it. You can also share your photos through your Twitter or Facebook accounts if you’d like. And don’t worry; nothing goes up until you decide it does. The recipient won’t see it until they open their Snapchat app! While Snapchat started out as a very private way for people to communicate, there are now quite a few ways to share more widely.

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The new feature introduction

Snap Inc. announced Thursday that its hugely popular photo and video sharing app, Snapchat, will now have a new feature called Shared Stories. The update was announced on Snap Inc.’s website, and basically lets users create stories with videos or photos they’ve taken throughout their day — then share them with friends. But here’s how it works: Create a story by taking photos or shooting 15-second clips of your day and add emojis or text to them. You can add up to 10 Snaps in a single Snap Story. When you’re ready to share it, simply tap Share next to your Snap to choose which of your friends you want to send it to. They’ll be able to view it for 24 hours after you send it.

Snapchat' New Shared Stories Feature: How It Works
Snapchat’s New Shared Stories Feature: How It Works

How does the feature work?

Snapchat has never been one to shy away from adding new features. The company’s products are constantly evolving, and there’s a good chance that its newest addition will end up being quite popular with users. This feature allows you to create stories in addition to your personal snaps, videos, and messages. It gives you a way to share those stories with everyone on Snapchat at once—or just certain friends—and it also gives you a chance to interact with others using Reactions (which we’ll cover later). Overall, it helps give Snapchat users more of an opportunity for interaction than ever before.

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What are the benefits of using it?

Snapchat users have always been able to share content from other apps—YouTube clips, Instagram photos, Vine videos—but now they can do it with just a few taps. To add someone else’s content to your story, open up a new Snapchat post and look for buttons that say Add or Upload. When you find them on an app like Facebook or Twitter, tap them and choose which part of that app you want to include in your story. Once you’ve added something from another app, press Create Story or Share to post it.

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