Chat app Line is adding Snap-style disappearing stories

Facebook cloning Snap to death may be old news, but others are only just following suit.Line, the Japanese messaging app thats popular in Asia, just became the latest to clone Snaps ephemeral story concept.
The company announced today that it is adding stories that disappear after 24-hours to its timeline feature, a social network like feed that sits in its app, and user profiles. The update is rolling out to users now and the concept is very much identical to Snap, Instagram and others that have embraced time-limited content.
As posts vanish after 24 hours, there is no need to worry about overposting or having posts remain in the feed, Line, which is listed in the U.S. and Japan, wrote in an update. Stories allows friends to discover real-time information on Timeline that is available only for that moment.
Chat app Line is adding Snap-style disappearing stories

Snap pioneered self-destructed content in its app, and the concept has now become present across most of the most popular internet services in the world.
In particular, Facebook added stories to across the board: to its core app, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, the worlds most popular chat app with over 1.5 billion monthly users. Indeed, Facebook claims that WhatsApp stories are used by 500 million people, while the company has built Instagram into a service that has long had more users than Snap currently over one billion.
The approach doesnt always work, though Facebook is shuttering its most brazen Snap copy, a camera app built around Instagram direct messages.
Chinas top chat appWeChat added its own version earlier this year, and while it said in its earnings this week that users upload hundreds of millions of videos each day to its social platforms, it didnt give numbers on its Snap-inspired feature.
Line doesnt have anything like the reach of Facebooks constellation of social apps or WeChat, but it is Japans dominant messaging platform and is popular in Thailand, Taiwan and Indonesia.
The Japanese company doesnt give out global user numbers but it reported 164 million monthly users in its four key markets as of Q1 2019, thats down one million year-on-year. Japan accounts for 80 million of that figure, ahead of Thailand (44 million), Taiwan (21 million) and Indonesia (19 million.)
While user growth has stagnated, Line has been able to extract increase revenue. In addition to a foray into services in Japan its range covers ride-hailing, food delivery, music streaming and payments it has increased advertising in the apps timeline tab, and that is likely a big reason for the release of stories. The new feature may help timeline get more eyeballs, while the company could follow the lead of Snap and Instagram to monetize stories by allowing businesses in.
In Lines case, that could work reasonably well for advertising since users can opt to follow business accounts already. It would make sense, then, to let companies push stories to users that opted in follow their account. But thats a long way in the future and it will depend on how the new feature is received by users.
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