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San Francisco, Dec 28, 2017: Popular photo-sharing platform Snapchat is working on extending the reach of its “Stories” feature on the web as it also continues to test a major redesign of its Android and iOS apps, reports say.

“Snapchat is developing a new product called ‘Stories Everywhere’ with a goal of making ‘Stories’ available outside the app for the first time and kick-starting the app’s stagnant user growth,” technology website Cheddar reported late Wednesday.

The company is also likely to makes it easier to share videos on other platforms through a web player that prompts people to sign up and download the app, the report added.

Meanwhile, Snap Inc. — the parent company of Snapchat has hired Rahul Chopra — the former Senior Vice-President and Global Head of Video at News Corp and also the CEO of social data agency Storyful to lead the project.

“Stories” allows the user to string together pictures and videos taken throughout the day.

Similar to social media giant Facebook’s “timeline”, this feature is public for all friends on the platform.

Snapchat is expected to overtake Facebook for the first time in the US as the user growth of the latter is set to slow among teenagers and adults, a report by market research firm eMarketer said recently.

The app currently has 166 million users globally. (IANS)

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Twitter Rolls out Update For iOS Users

Twitter has also considering an edit functionality

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Twitter is rolling out an update for iOS users in the US where they can see tweets they care about the most in the search tab via new “sections”.

Currently, the Twitter search tab in the iOS app offers a vertically scrolling list of trending topics.

The users can now move horizontally to view the top news and tweets.

“We added sections so it’s easier for you to see the Tweets you care about the most, starting today in the US,” the company tweeted late on Wednesday.

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Twitter on a smartphone device. Pixabay

Twitter has also considering an edit functionality.

Its CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey, who is in India this week, said on November 12 that the micro-blogging platform has been considering edit button for quite some time but did not reveal any specific timeline.

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“A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time,” Dorsey told the gathering at IIT-Delhi. (IANS)