Snapchat has announced the next evolution of its self-destructing picture service. In a blog post, the company described a new "Stories" feature. Stories pumps Snapchat up into a full-fledged social network by creating a picture feed for each user. Any snaps posted to your picture feed will be live for 24 hours before they self-destruct. Additionally, posters can see which of their friends have viewed their pictures. From Snapchat's blog:
We're introducing Snapchat Stories. A totally new way to share your day with friends -- or everyone. It's fun and ephemeral, just like Snapchat.
Snapchat Stories add Snaps together to create a narrative. When you add a Snap to your Story it lives for 24 hours before it disappears, making room for the new. Your Story always plays forward, because it makes sense to share moments in the order you experience them.
Your Story never ends and it's always changing. The end of your Story today is the beginning of your Story tomorrow. And each Snap in your Story includes a list of everyone who views it.
Previously, Snapchat users simply took photos and sent them to friends where the photo would self-destruct within seconds of viewing. Snapchat is a free download.