Putting the Chat into Snapchat
on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting. We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat.
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.
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