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Snapchat, the popular mobile app that allows you to send and receive timed photos, videos, and text messages, just added a potentially game changing feature—URL profile sharing. That's right, this simple feature addition could turn out to be huge for a social app that has big aspirations of generating billions of dollars.The developers at Snapchat have been working to make it easier to share and link accounts. In the old days, you had to type in someone's username and hope Snapchat would find them. Since then, Snapchat's added the ability to use QR Snapcodes, sift through your phone contacts, and... Read more...
There's a good chance that you or someone you know uses Snapchat. We're not going out on a limb to say that, it's simply a numbers thing -- at last count (May of this year), Snapchat users were sending 2 billion photos and videos to one another per day. That's an amazing amount of activity, and Facebook will try to replicate that success by rolling out a disappearing message option for its Messenger application. The self-destructing message option is being tested in France. However, as presently implemented, it's a bit different from Snapchat. Instead of setting a timer for 1 to 10 seconds (in... Read more...
Snapchat is a runaway success in terms of having a massive userbase and brand recognition, but when it come to making money off the app, the developers are still trying to figure out how best do that. One way they've come up with is by selling the ability to replay snaps. With the update that's rolling out today, Snapchat users can purchase a pack of three replays for $0.99. These are in addition to the daily replay that users have been enjoying for free. The only caveat is that you still can only replay a chat once, so you can't stockpile replays and keep viewing a snap.Today's Snapchat update... Read more...
A million dollars isn't cool, do you know what's cool? A billion dollars. Or so we were told by Justin Timberlake's portrayal of Sean Parker in the movie The Social Network, a docu-drama about Facebook. Ironically enough, Facebook reportedly offered $1 billion to acquire Snapchat, and then $3 billion after its initial bid was rebuked. It was pretty gutsy of Snapchat to turn down both offers without having any real revenue stream to speak of, along with a $4 billion offer from Google, though the lack of revenue is about to change with the introduction of ads. Beginning this weekend, Snapchat will... Read more...
Microsoft may have just figured out how to make short video messaging appealing to adults – and it might make headway with the teenage segment, too. Microsoft-owned Skype challenged the likes of Snapchat yesterday by releasing Skype Qik for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. Like Snapchat, the app lets you record short videos and send them to your friends, but Skype Qik has some features that make it a different experience. Short video messages are huge with teenagers and millennials, but they’re gaining traction with all kinds of smartphone users because they make it so easy to carry... Read more...
There is some bad news for Snapchat users. About 13GB of private Snapchat photos and videos, which are supposed to be deleted after a certain amount of time, are being circulated through 4Chan. The affair has been dubbed The Snappening by 4Chan users and has prompted Snapchat to release a statement saying that it is not responsible for the leak. "We can confirm that Snapchat’s servers were never breached and were not the source of these leaks," a Snapchat representative said in a statement. "Snapchatters were victimized by their use of third-party apps to send and receive Snaps, a practice... Read more...
It's only a matter of time before the memes start rolling that read, "Brace yourself, ads are coming to Snapchat." It's an inevitability now that Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel let the cat out of the bag regarding plans to finally generate revenue -- while speaking last night at a Vanity Fair event in San Francisco, he gave the heads up that ads are headed to the popular messaging service. "People are going to see the first ads on Snapchat soon," Spiegel said. "We think they're pretty cool." Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snapchat The question is whether or not Snapchat's users will find them cool or obtrusive.... Read more...
We imagine there's an inspirational poster hanging in Snapchat's offices that reads, "Fortune favors the bold." Certainly Snapchat's founders have been bold in reportedly turning down two seemingly obscene acquisition offers, the first for $1 billion and the second for $3 billion, both from Facebook. Rejecting such high priced bids couldn't have come easy, but in hindsight, Snapchat's gamble may have paid off with the service now valued at $10 billion. Yes, $10 billion, as hard as that is to fathom. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, that valuation comes by way of a recent investment... Read more...
It's no guarantee that today's fads won't fizzle out tomorrow, especially in the rapidly evolving mobile space. That being the case, Snapchat took a monumental gamble by turning down two lucrative buyout offers by Facebook, one for $1 billion and a second one for $3 billion. Time will tell if those were wise decisions, but in the meantime, Snapchat's development team continues to find ways to keep its users engaged, most recently by adding geofilters. "We’ve had a lot of fun drawing up new filters for special locations in Los Angeles and New York. Swipe right on the preview screen to check... Read more...
Apparently fed up with being rejected by Snapchat, Facebook for the past several months has reportedly been working on a video sharing and chatting application of its own. It's called Slingshot, and like Snapchat, it allows users to send short video messages to recipients with just a few taps. However, it's not yet clear if Facebook will release the app. Citing "people familiar with its plans," Financial Times says Slingshot boasts a simple and responsive user interface, and if launched, it would stand on its own two feet separate from Facebook Messenger -- this would fall in line with Mark Zuckerberg's... Read more...
Watch out all you instant messaging applications, Snapchat just learned how to send texts in traditional form. What started off as a disappearing photo and video sharing service is now becoming a full-fledged communication platform that combines fun and functionality. Suddenly it starts to make sense why Snapchat rejected two separate (and obscenely priced) offers from Facebook -- one for $1 billion and a followup offer for $3 billion -- which itself went on to acquired WhatsApp. The WhatsApp acquisition is working out well for Facebook so far, but as Snapchat grows, team Zuckerberg may regret... Read more...
There was a moment there when the Snapchat guys were feeling pretty hot. Their mobile app was exploding in popularity, and Facebook practically begged to buy the service for a cool, but the company rejected the $1 billion offer--and then the $3 billion offer Facebook made thereafter. You could call it chutzpah or hubris, but hey, Mark Zuckerberg turned down insanely lucrative offers for Facebook when he was just a pup, and he went on to build an empire. So there’s some precedent there, but Snapchat probably wasn’t counting on the wildcard problem of being repeatedly hacked to smithereens,... Read more...
After SnapChat got hacked, exposing millions of usernames and phone numbers, the company said that it was taking steps to fix the problem, but it did not apologize, which rubbed a lot of folks the wrong way. In its latest blog post, though, the company finally issued a mea culpa. “We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support,” reads the end of the post. The note concludes with the affectionate “Love, Team Snapchat” closing, too. SnapChat said that it updated its iOS and Android apps this morning with the... Read more...
Earlier this week, news broke that a security exploit in Snapchat allowed hackers to claim some 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the service. The group responsible for the hack posted the list, with some information redacted, for all to see. Snapchat described the issue in a blog post, noting that it was the Find Friends feature that was at fault. The tool lets users check their friends’ phone numbers against the Snapchat database to see if they’re available on the site. It’s just a way for people to find each other on Snapchat, but as Snapchat described it, “Theoretically,... Read more...
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