Snap revealed new features to Snapchat during its Snap Partner Summit. One change to the app is a tab bar at the bottom.
Facebook announced today that it’s acquiring Giphy for an alleged sum of US$400 million.
Facebook characterized the acquisition—reportedly worth $400 million—as a way to help its millions of users “better express themselves.” […] Facebook says it will not collect information specific to individual people using Giphy’s API, but it will get valuable data about usage patterns across the web.
I definitely don’t believe them when they say that won’t collect individual data. That is Facebook’s raison d’être. This is exactly like its usage of the Onavo VPN spyware: Collect data on how people use GIFs everywhere, especially on competitor’s platforms. Mark Zuckerberg is furiously trying to beat Snapchat into submission. They rejected him once and he’s been out for blood ever since. GIFs may sound like a stretch when it comes to data collection, but keep in mind that web beacons exist.
Snapchat has a new tool called Here For You. Whenever the app detects you’ve searched for topics like “depression” it will present Here For You with mental health content written by experts.
“Sometimes people come in and search for this kind of content, be it anxiety or depression,” says Jen Stout, vice president of global policy at Snap. “Instead of being served up maybe nothing, or meme accounts, or something like that, we’re looking for a healthy alternative to provide young people with tools that would be readily available in the app.”
It’s nice to hear about a company doing something good for a change. It seems like it happens all too rarely.
Today VSCO announced the launch of a VSCO Snapchat lens called Analog, giving people a chance to unleash their creativity. Here’s how to use it.
Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, reportedly has a dossier of anticompetitive behavior Facebook carried out over the years, dubbed Project Voldemort.
According to the WSJ, Snap’s legal team recorded instances where Facebook discouraged prominent social media influencers with a presence on multiple platforms from mentioning Snap on their Instagram accounts. Snap executives also suspected Facebook was suppressing content that originated on Snap from trending on Instagram, when such content was shared there.
Snap is seeking rights to the music catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and more to let users add music to Snapchat.
Several Snapchat employees accessed user data, anonymous sources say. Phone numbers, saved Snaps, and more were up for grabs.
…internal tools that allowed Snap employees at the time to access user data, including in some cases location information, their own saved Snaps and personal information such as phone numbers and email addresses. Snaps are photos or videos that, if not saved, typically disappear after being received (or after 24 hours if posted to a user’s Story).
Because of course they f*cking did.
Snapchat’s gaming platform called Snap Games launches today with six games. The feature rolls out today for everyone around the world.
Reports suggest that a Snapchat gaming platform will launch next month, which is currently codenamed Project Cognac.
The new games initiative will be unveiled at Snap’s first-ever summit for content and developer partners in Los Angeles on April 4, the person said, adding that video initiatives like more original shows will also be announced. An invitation to the event that was seen by Cheddar includes the tagline, “Less talk. More play.” — a nod to the gaming platform.
Facebook’s so-called “pivot to privacy” has elicited a number of reactions. One of the more incisive ones comes from Kara Swisher. In a New York Times Sunday review column, Ms. Swisher compared Facebook’s attempts to bolster private messaging, in direct competition with Snapchat, to the battle between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. In that case, Mr. Jobs’s “stunning creativity” eventually “won out.” This time, the size of Facebook may mean Mr. Zuckerberg can make a success of the Snapchat model. If he really means it.
Mr. Zuckerberg is to Bill Gates as Mr. Spiegel is to Steve Jobs. Mr. Jobs always had better ideas and vision than Mr. Gates. But Apple spent a long time in dire straits while he pushed his high-level concepts about security, privacy, and design and simplicity. Mr. Gates, on the other hand, was an unqualified genius at business models and systems, and he clearly understood the depressing truth that good enough was good enough for a lot of consumers.
Reuters reports that apparently the company is considering making your snaps permanent.
It’s a roundup that will compile some of your best snaps into one long story you can share or keep to yourself. Here’s how to see it.
While you can’t stop ads completely, you can fine-tune your preferences.
Snapchat is adding some features to its app, like Friendship Profiles, new Bitmoji, Bitmoji Stories, and Bitmoji Merch.
In Snapchat’s latest update, it added a feature called Cat Lenses. Now you and your cat can take selfies, such as Halloween selfies.
Depending on the lens, you can say words like hi, love, wow, and ok, and the lens will animate.
Fed up with social media? Or just Snapchat? No worries, because we’re here to show you how to delete Snapchat accounts.
Adobe just unveiled a new cross-platform video editor and publishing app called Project Rush for YouTube and social networks.
Andrew Orr and Dave Hamilton join Jeff Gamet to look at what Snapchat is doing with its new APIs to promote its social network, plus they share their thoughts on a developer’s complaint about the state of Mac hardware.
Launch partners for the platform include Tinder, Patreon, and Postmates.