Snapchat Overview Updated August 8, 2018

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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 8

Some Snapchat source code leaked on GitHub; removed after all-caps DCMA takedown notice

Some of Snapchat’s source code was posted on GitHub, apparently obtained when the company messed-up an update to the iOS app back in May …

Snapchat Stories August 7

Snap today reported its Q2 2018 earnings, and while it exceeded expectations in terms of financials, Snapchat experienced its first-ever decline in daily active users. The company’s CEO Evan Spiegel also touched on the continual evolution of Snapchat’s controversial app design…

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Snapchat Stories August 3

Plastic surgery requests now driven by selfies; ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’ a thing

The American Academy of Facial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery says that the majority of clinicians have now seen patients whose desire for plastic surgery is driven by selfies … 

Snapchat Stories August 1

Snapchat today continues to expand the feature-list for its popular lenses. As reported by TechCrunch, the company is rolling out new lenses that respond to voice commands, joining the existing catalog of lenses that respond to movements…

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Snapchat Stories July 10

Last year, Snapchat launched its Lens Studio app, that allows anyone to create custom AR filters, with a later update offering a series of selfie filters. Options include face paint, distortions, a custom baseball cap, and the addition of 2D and 3D objects.

Today Snapchat lets you check out what other users have created, and apply any of them to your own photos …

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Snapchat Stories July 9

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Snapchat is in the process of working on a new visual search feature called Eagle that will let users identify objects, music, and more. Notably, the in development feature looks to be using Amazon as one of its main affiliate partners.

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