Snapchat Overview Updated May 20, 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 May 20

New York Times staff writer Mike Isaac has written a blog post in which he argues that ‘the permanent social internet is dying.’ That we are increasingly abandoning platforms and formats that create a permanent record of our posts.

As facebook matured, we discovered the unintended consequences of living a life online. An errant, ignorant tweet from our teenage years can get us fired—or worse, canceled. Our parents could have created an entire instagram dedicated to our poopy-diaped years without our knowledge or express consent. Forget running for office if you’ve ever tweeted about, like, anything …

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Snapchat Stories April 25

Apple may have fancy 3D Memoji characters on iOS, but Snapchat has super customizable Bitmoji animated characters on lots of apps and platforms. Snapchat parent company Snap today announced the next frontier for Bitmoji: games.

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Snapchat Stories April 23

Snap today reported its Q1 2019 earnings, beating analyst estimates across the board. As detailed by CNBC, the company reported $320 million in revenue, with a less per share of 10 cents. The company also returned to growth in terms of active users.

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Snapchat Stories April 22

As companies everywhere celebrate Earth Day, Snapchat today has launched a new Snapchat Lens that shows the projected waterline in the year 2100. The goal of this feature is to show users what the world will look like if emissions continue without change.

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Snapchat Stories April 4

At the first Snap Partner Summit today in Los Angeles, Snapchat unveiled four major announcements for the platform. It has launched its new Snap Games platform, introduced new AR camera features, announced new original content, and unveiled third-party app integrations via App Stories, Bitmoji Kit, Creative Kit, and Ad Kit. Notably, the App Stories tool will bring the platform’s popular Stories to third-party apps like Tinder and more for the first time.

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Snapchat Stories April 2

Snapchat, which has been struggling to keep up with intense competition from Instagram, is turning to location features as a way to differentiate itself. A new report from TechCrunch details that Snapchat is testing new features called “Status” and “Passport” which would allow users to offer more detail about their location.

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