Chat App Line Adds Disappearing Posts

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Messaging app Line is taking another page from Snapchat's book by adding disappearing posts.

Users can tap the clock icon in the upper-right corner to create a 24-hour post, which is "perfect for expressing how you're feeling right in the moment," Line said in a blog post.

Line 6.8.0—out now for Android and coming soon to iOS—also includes the ability to search for posts via hashtag and add effects to video calls. Just select an icon during a chat, and watch its effect fill up the screen; also use filters to give calls "that stylish look."

Other updates include horizontal scrolling through a digest version of the timeline, linking to individual posts, and saving draft posts, as well as the Android-only capacity to trim images when sending them in chats.

This isn't the first time that Line has pinched a Snapchat feature: In 2014, the app introduced a "hidden chat" feature, which lets folks send limited-time messages. After the receiver opens the note, its contents are available only for a pre-set amount of time—from two seconds to one week.

Hidden chats can include text, stickers, location and contact info, and images; they exist in a one-to-one chat room separate from regular conversations, and are sent in a "secure state."

Amidst the success of Snapchat, ephemeral messaging has become a popular feature among social networks. Rival secure chat app Signals has them, while Facebook was rumored to be testing them last year.

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