The Frame Makes the Photograph
on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 4:00 PM
A common thing we hear about social media today is that near-constant picture taking means not ‘living in the moment’. We should put the phone down and just experience life rather than worry ourselves with its documentation. This sentiment wrongly assumes that documentation and experience are essentially at odds, a conceptual remnant of how we used to think of photography, as an art object, as content, rather than what it is often today, less an object and more a sharing of experience. But not all social media are built the same, and I think we can use a distinction in social platforms: those that are based in social media versus those that are more fundamentally about communication.
Find Friends Abuse
on Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 4:00 PM
A security group first published a report about potential Find Friends abuse in August 2013. Shortly thereafter, we implemented practices like rate limiting aimed at addressing these concerns. We will be releasing an updated version of the Snapchat application that will allow Snapchatters to opt out of appearing in Find Friends after they have verified their phone number. We’re also improving rate limiting and other restrictions to address future attempts to abuse our service. The Snapchat community is a place where friends feel comfortable expressing themselves and we’re dedicated to preventing abuse.
Who Can View My Snaps and Stories
on Monday, October 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Two questions we get a lot are “do you keep all of the Snaps?” and “do you look at them?” An earlier blog post detailed how Snaps are stored and when they are deleted, so now with the introduction of Stories, we’d like to share a bit about access.
Introducing Snapchat Stories
on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Every Snap received brings excitement and change. Today is no different. We’re introducing Snapchat Stories. A totally new way to share your day with friends - or everyone. It’s fun and ephemeral, just like Snapchat.
Temporary Social Media
on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Technology has a way of making time simultaneously important and baffling. Communication technologies from speaking to writing to recording sound and sight disrupt temporality, mixing the past, present, and future in unpredictable new ways.
Recent Additions to Team Snapchat
on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Snapchatters are sharing over 200 million snaps every day. And thanks to our incredible and hardworking team, we’ve been able to support the growth of Snapchat with minimal overhead. But in order to continue scaling while developing the Snapchat experience, we needed to build a bigger engineering team and figure out how to pay our server bills.
How Snaps Are Stored And Deleted
on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:23 PM
There’s been some speculation lately about how snaps are stored and when and how they are deleted. We’ve always tried to be upfront about how things work and we haven’t made any changes to our practices, so we thought it’d be cool to go over things in a bit more detail.