Snapchat is a photo messaging application that allows anyone using it to take photos or record videos and send it to their friends. While this feature exists in other apps what’s unique about this is that the recipient has between 1 to 10 seconds to view the sent content before it gets automatically deleted from the recipient’s device and the Snapchat servers.
New features are now being added to this app which includes instant messaging as well as live video chatting. These new features makes it true to its name since it does have the word ”chat” on it yet previously users were not able to chat with their friends.
The company announced these new features in its lates blog post by saying that “Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!”
“We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!”
Staying true to its nature, the instant messages will vanish once you or the person you are chatting with reads them. The messages will also be deleted once you leave the conversation. Of course this isn’t a guaranteed method that your messages can’t be recorded since a screenshot can easily be taken.
The live video chatting feature implemented on this app is quite unique. Traditionally, to initiate a video call a user would have to look up a person on their contact list and call them. The recipient’s device will then ring and you will have to wait for them to answer the call.
Things have been made simpler in Snapchat. A blue circle will appear on the text box when you and your friend are online at the same time. A tap on the icon initiates the video chat automatically, without any ringing or waiting around. If a person wants to show something to their friend they can simply swipe upward on the screen to activate the rear camera.
Snapchat may just have a fraction of Facebook’s user base however its users share more than 700 million photos each day making it the most used photo sharing app in the world today.