Snapchat Overview Updated October 14, 2019


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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 October 14

Snapchat on iOS adds integration with Reddit for easy cross-platform sharing

Reddit is teaming up with Snapchat to make it easier to share content between platforms. Starting today, when you tap the share sheet in the Reddit app on iOS, you’ll see a new option to share directly to Snapchat.

Snapchat Stories October 1

Version of popular Subway Surfers game coming to Snapchat from today

Subway Surfers was highlighted by Apple as one of the most popular free iOS games last year, and Snap has announced that a multiplayer version is coming to Snapchat from today…

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Snapchat Stories September 17

Snapchat 3D features similar to those announced for the new Spectacles 3 are now available on the iPhone X or above.

We’re excited to introduce a 3D Camera Mode to Snapchat — adding a new layer of expression and interactivity to Snaps. Snapchatters can use the new 3D Camera Mode to create Snaps that change in perspective and appearance based on how you move your phone when you view them — bringing your world and experience to life in a way that’s one step closer to the real thing …

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Snapchat Stories August 13

Snap today has announced the Spectacles 3, the latest version of its glasses with built-in cameras designed specifically for Snapchat. The Spectacles 3 feature dual HD cameras and a “strong, lightweight steel frame design with circular lenses and adjustable acetate tips.”

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Snapchat Stories July 23

Snap today reported its second quarter earnings, and the results sent its stock up over 10 percent in after-hours trading. Snapchat generated an increase in daily users, and beat analyst expectations on revenue and earnings-per-share.

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Snapchat Stories July 1

Snapchat brings multiplayer ‘Bitmoji Tennis’ title to Snap Games

While the tennis greats are playing out their game at Wimbledon, Snap is bringing an exclusive game of its own to Snapchat. Bitmoji Tennis is a new title launching on Snap Games inside Snapchat.

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