Snapchat Overview Updated August 6, 2020

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Snapchat is a social media service primarily based on sharing ephemeral photo and video content. The Venice, California company’s app is extremely popular with millennials, who make up its primary demographic.

Unlike most social photo sharing services, where users are encouraged to build a library of content, Snapchat primarily focuses on content that disappears after set time limits. Users can send snaps directly to friends, or add them to a 24-hour Snapchat Story that all followers can access.

Snapchat is particularly known for its lens feature, which allows users to to add real-time effects to their selfies by means of facial detection. The app is also well-known for its image markup features, such as adding Geostickers — stickers that appear based on the current city of the user — and text to photos and videos.

Criticized for its lack of user-discovery features, some first-time users may find Snapchat difficult to understand, because there are no search or suggestion apparatuses for finding new users to follow.

Recently, the Facebook-owned Instagram added a new Instagram Stories feature to its photo sharing app, which strikingly resembles Snapchat. This is particularly notable when you consider that Facebook, at one time, attempted to purchase Snapchat for 3 billion in cash.

Snapchat Stories August 6

Snapchat to roll out in-app voter registration, voter guide, more

Snapchat is set to roll out a new set of election-focused features to not only help its users get informed about how to vote but also register to vote right within the app.

Snapchat Stories August 3

Snapchat will soon add support for TikTok-style music features, according to a new report from The Verge Snap will roll out these features to all English-language users later this fall, but the functionality is available starting today to users in New Zealand and Australia.

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Snapchat Stories July 20

Snapchat today is launching a new mini apps platform built into its social network. Named “Snap Minis,” these apps offer different features within the main Snapchat app, aiming to make users spend more time using the app.

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Snapchat Stories June 22

Snapchat apologizes for Juneteenth filter ‘mistake’; won’t share diversity data

Snapchat has apologized for releasing a Juneteenth filter which asked people to ‘smile to break the chains of slavery’ after it was met with widespread criticism and ridicule. However, the company has since taken issue with one specific claim …

Snapchat Stories June 17

Snapchat launches new augmented reality Lenses to celebrate Pride Month

Snap has announced today that it is teaming up with Pride Media and several of its Official Lens Creators to create a series of new augmented reality lenses for Pride Month. The new Lenses will be available in the Snapchat app on iOS.

Snapchat Stories June 11

Snapchat has shared a slew of announcements today at its Snap Partner Summit event. The headlining new changes include third-party apps integrated into Snapchat called “Minis” coming in July, a new “Happening Now” banner and redesigned bottom “Action Bar,” voice commands for filters, and businesses being listed in the app’s maps feature.

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