Snapchat Overview Updated October 21, 2021


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June 2013 - October 2021

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 21

Earlier this year, Apple implemented a new App Tracking Transparency system that requires the user to allow or deny third-party apps from tracking them over the internet. Although Snap (the company behind Snapchat) was in favor of these changes at first, it now says its revenue has been affected by Apple’s new privacy policies.

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Snapchat Stories October 13

PSA: Snapchat for iOS is currently down, company investigating [U: Fixed]

Update: at 7:32 am PT, Snapchat announced it fixed the problem. Users will probably be able to start logging back to the app.

After major outages with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, Snapchat is down for many users across the globe. Users say they can’t access the app, while the company has confirmed the outage and said it is investigating.

Snapchat Stories October 6

Snapchat on Wednesday announced a new way to let creators monetize their content through “Spotlight Challenges.” In an attempt to compete with TikTok, Snapchat will now pay cash prizes to encourage “Snapchatters” to create content on the social network.

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Snapchat Stories August 26

Snapchat is rolling out a major upgrade to its Scan feature and moving it so that it’s placed front and center in the application. As first reported by The Verge, the Scan feature can be used to identify a range of things in the real world, like clothes or dog breeds.”

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Snapchat Stories August 4

Over the last week, a handful of viral posts on Twitter and TikTok have raised concerns over how Snapchat might “know when you were born.” As it turns out, chances are that you provided the application with this information, likely as part of its popular Astrological Profile feature.

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Snapchat Stories July 29

PSA: Snapchat is currently down for some users [U: Fixed]

If you’re trying to access Snapchat this Thursday night and noticed that it’s not working, it’s not just you. The social network is currently down for some users, based on reports on Twitter and also data from Down Detector.

Snapchat Stories July 28

Starting today, Snapchat for iOS is rolling out a new feature that builds on its popular Snap Map location-sharing platform. The company says the new “My Places” feature will allow users to explore and save their favorite businesses and locations in the Snapchat application.

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Snapchat Stories July 23

Both Twitter and Snap have reported strong growth, and the latter has said that it was seeing higher rates of App Tracking Transparency opt-in than has been generally reported.

Snap had previously warned that it expected ad revenue to be hit by the feature, which reduces the opportunity to sell higher-priced personalized ads, but two factors meant that the impact was lower than expected …

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Snapchat Stories June 28

Update 5:15 pm PT: Snapchat says this issue has been fixed and that users should manually update their Snapchat application through the App Store. Original story below.

Snapchat users have been widely reporting app crashes since installing the latest version of the app released through the App Store. The company acknowledged the issue with a post on Twitter today, promising that it is already working on the fix.

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Snapchat Stories June 17

Snapchat for iOS is dropping its once-popular speed filter amid concerns about safety and reckless driving. The filter has become significantly less popular over the years, and Snap says it’s now being fully removed from the app because it’s “barely used.”

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Snapchat Stories May 21

Amid Epic Games’ intense lawsuit against Apple over how it runs the App Store, Snap’s CEO Evan Spiegel has shared the company’s positive perspective on Apple’s 30% commission and the new app tracking transparency feature that’s drawn the ire of Facebook and the ad industry.

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Snapchat Stories May 20

Snapchat announced today, during its annual partnership summit, a new iOS video editing app called Story Studio. It’ll give users an editing tool specifically designed for mobile with vertical videos. It also unveiled the next-generation Spectacles with AR support.

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Snapchat Stories May 13

A research study into use of social media platforms by minors found that upwards of 40% of children under 13 were using them, despite accounts supposedly being limited to teenagers and adults. The research included TikTok, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.

The study also found that a full third of minors had experienced an “online sexual interaction,” which included being asked for, or receiving, nude photos …

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Snapchat Stories April 2

Snapchat owner Snap has tested a workaround to App Tracking Transparency to try to match users to the ads they have seen.

Snap says that it will discontinue the tests once the new privacy rule comes into effect, but that it believes there are other steps it can take without breaking Apple’s rules…

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Snapchat Stories March 25

Snapchat testing new Remix feature to compete with TikTok Duets

Snapchat is testing a new Remix function to compete with TikTok Duets and Instagram’s Remix Reels. According to the leaker Alessandro Paluzzi on Twitter, Snapchat is working on a feature to let you remix friends’ Stories. You can choose between different layouts to create your snap.

Snapchat Stories December 10, 2020

Snapchat and Twitter have worked together to bring a handy new integration to Apple users. Instead of having to rely on sharing screenshots of tweets on Snapchat, users can now share tweets directly from the Twitter iOS app to Snapchat Stories, here’s how it works.

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Snapchat Stories November 23, 2020

Snap has announced Snapchat Spotlight, a TikTok-like stream of content which the company says will feature ‘the most entertaining Snaps from the Snapchat community all in one place.’

To entice content creators to use the platform, Snap has announced a $1M fund which will be divided among those who post the most popular Snaps …

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Snapchat Stories October 28, 2020

Snapchat Friendship Time Capsule lets you take ‘future selfies’ with a friend

A new Snapchat Friendship Time Capsule feature is designed for coronavirus times, letting you take augmented reality selfies with a friend in a future time and place.

The company has also surveyed 30,000 people across 16 countries to assess the impact of the pandemic on friendships …

Snapchat Stories October 15, 2020

Snap has announced a new feature called Snapchat Sounds, which lets you add song clips to both Snaps and Stories. For now, the feature is iOS only …

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Snapchat Stories August 6, 2020

Snapchat to roll out in-app voter registration, voter guide, more

Snapchat is set to roll out a new set of election-focused features to not only help its users get informed about how to vote but also register to vote right within the app.

Snapchat Stories August 3, 2020

Snapchat will soon add support for TikTok-style music features, according to a new report from The Verge Snap will roll out these features to all English-language users later this fall, but the functionality is available starting today to users in New Zealand and Australia.

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Snapchat Stories July 20, 2020

Snapchat today is launching a new mini apps platform built into its social network. Named “Snap Minis,” these apps offer different features within the main Snapchat app, aiming to make users spend more time using the app.

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Snapchat Stories June 22, 2020

Snapchat apologizes for Juneteenth filter ‘mistake’; won’t share diversity data

Snapchat has apologized for releasing a Juneteenth filter which asked people to ‘smile to break the chains of slavery’ after it was met with widespread criticism and ridicule. However, the company has since taken issue with one specific claim …

Snapchat Stories June 17, 2020

Snapchat launches new augmented reality Lenses to celebrate Pride Month

Snap has announced today that it is teaming up with Pride Media and several of its Official Lens Creators to create a series of new augmented reality lenses for Pride Month. The new Lenses will be available in the Snapchat app on iOS.

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