Snapchat Overview Updated June 14, 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 June 14

It was reported last month that Snapchat was working on a number of APIs to allow integrations with third-party apps, known as Snap Kit, and the company has now confirmed this – with four of them now available.

Conscious of how Facebook ran into trouble granting data access to third-party apps, however, it is promising tight controls …

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Snapchat Stories June 11

Snapchat messaging has always been ephemeral in nature with chat logs disappearing moments after being opened, but what about taking back messages that you regret sending before they’re opened? Now you can do that with Snapchat’s new clear chat feature! Snapchat is also making it easier to buy its photo and video capturing shades…

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Snapchat Stories June 8

Snapchat frees Bitmoji Friendmoji from its app to now work across iOS

In an update starting to roll out to users today, Snapchat is making its Bitmoji Friendmoji available to use in iMessages and more across iOS.

Snapchat Stories May 30

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel has continued to defend the unpopular redesign of the Snapchat app, despite the billion dollars it wiped off the company’s market value.

He has also taken the opportunity of speaking at Re/code’s Code conference to take a couple of digs at Facebook

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Snapchat Stories May 29

According to a new report from TechCrunch, Snapchat is planning the launch of its first developer platform, referred to as Snapkit. The platform would allow other applications to offer a “Login with Snapchat” option, as well as access key Snapchat features…

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Snapchat Stories May 24

Snapchat is the original proprietor of the ephemeral sharing idea, before major players such as Instagram began copying its ideas. Looking to gain a leg up on competitors like Instagram, Snapchat is expanding its location sharing features..

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