Snapchat Overview Updated October 10, 2017

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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 10

AAPL: 155.90

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Snapchat is partnering with several services including OpenTable and Lyft to launch something new called Context Cards. These location-based cards bring relevant information like business hours, reviews, contact information, and travel options to Snapchat.

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Snapchat Stories October 5

AAPL: 155.39

1.91

If you’re a fan of Instagram or Facebook Stories – posts of photos and videos which automatically disappear after 24 hours – you’ll now be able to send to both platforms with a single post.

In a feature currently rolling out to Instagram users, there’s a new Share option when posting a story which says “Your Facebook Story”. Check that, and it will be automatically cross-posted to Facebook Stories …

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Snapchat Stories October 3

AAPL: 154.48

0.67

Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit this afternoon, Snap CEO Evan Spiegel touted how many units of the Snapchat Spectacles the company has sold. Spiegel said the company has sold around 150,000 of the camera glasses during the first year of availability – a number he’s proud of based on first year iPod sales (via CNBC).

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Snapchat Stories October 2

AAPL: 153.81

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Snapchat today mistakingly announced a new partnership with famous artist Jeff Koons that will see the artist’s work come to Snapchat as 3D objects. Snapchat attempted to build hype for the announcement via a new webpage, but those plans were quickly foiled by Business Insider.

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Snapchat Stories September 28

AAPL: 153.28

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Over the last month, Snapchat has been rolling out a new World Lenses feature that uses augmented reality to place Bitmoji and other designs over real-world environments. Now, Snap is expanding those 3D Lenses to advertisers as it continues to look for new ways to monetize its platform….

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Snapchat Stories September 25

AAPL: 150.58

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Snapchat’s focus on augmented reality is continuing with its latest iOS app update. The company today announced a new feature called “Sky Filters” that uses augmented reality to paint the sky in your photo a totally different color…

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