Snap Inc is considering changes to its Snapchat app, known for disappearing photos and videos, that could make users’ public posts longer lasting or even permanent.
According to reuters, Snap is also weighing an option to reveal the identities of Snapchat users who make public posts.
Only Snapchat photo and video content shared to “Our Story”, which shares the snaps publicly to a wider audience and not just a user’s friends, would be affected and users would still have the option of deleting those stories, according to Reuters' sources.
Snap declined to comment.
The changes would mark a big step in Snap’s effort to attract more users by making content shared publicly via the “Our Story” section, more available outside Snapchat. They could also create a new revenue source for money-losing Snap, which has seen its user base shrink and executives flee the company.
Twitter is already selling access to public posts or tweets and reported $108 million in third-quarter revenue from non-advertising businesses like data licensing, its fastest-growing division.
Twitter sells access to more than 500 million daily tweets to customers including analytics firms, news organizations and financial institutions that use trending tickers and stories to place trades.
Snap does not currently charge for access to public data, but could earn more advertising revenue if snaps embedded outside of Snapchat last longer.