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  • The Makings Of A Snapchat Star

    The Makings Of A Snapchat Star

    The internet has democratized our ability to become celebrities. Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube, as were countless others. Instagram has its own set of super photographers, as does Vine, and Twitter is responsible for some of the greatest memes in internet history. But what about Snapchat? Luckily for my fellow snappers, I may have discovered the best thing to happen to Snapchat since… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It's called Lock Screen, and some of us think it's where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it's all about glancing. What this means is that social scientists… Read More

  • How Could Snapchat Make Money? College Kids

    How Could Snapchat Make Money? College Kids

    Over 77 percent of college students are using Snapchat at least once every single day, according to research by Sumpto. And even more stunning, 45 percent of college kids aged 18-24 would open a snap from a brand they didn't know, while 73 percent of students would open a snap from a brand they already know. Though Snapchat hasn't yet determined a revenue model, data like this suggests that… Read More

  • Know Thy Selfie

    Know Thy Selfie

    When you're mad, or happy, or looking into the eyes of your sweetie, do you know what your face looks like? Probably not, according to Dr. James Kilner, neuroscientist at the University College London. Kilner holds that you know very little about what your face looks like most of the time, though you probably believe you look much more attractive and much younger than you actually are. Bummer… Read More

  • Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Leaves Snapchat Hanging

    Facebook’s WhatsApp Acquisition Leaves Snapchat Hanging

    With Facebook's massive $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp earlier today, any possible marriage between Facebook and Snapchat appears to be dead. After spending $20 billion on a photo sharing company (Instagram) and messaging company (WhatsApp), can Facebook really justify spending billions more to acquire an ephemeral photo messaging company? Read More

  • Snapchat Hires Googler, “Pisses Off” His Googler Friends

    Snapchat Hires Googler, “Pisses Off” His Googler Friends

    This morning ephemeral messaging app Snapchat announced that it had poached a Googler, in addition to an Amazonian and a Facebooker. The company will be bringing Google App Engine director Peter Magnusson on board as VP of Engineering. Read More

  • Dosomething.Org Taps Snapchat For Teen-Centric Valentine’s Campaign

    Dosomething.Org Taps Snapchat For Teen-Centric Valentine’s Campaign

    Dosomething, a not-for-profit focused on making volunteer work and social change exciting to people under 25, is going after its key demographic where they're comfortable: Snapchat. The company used the photo-sharing platform, which has yet to launch a formal advertising or brand program, to run a Valentine's-themed campaign in NYC. Read More

  • A Modest Proposal

    A Modest Proposal

    “Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” And all seem to be doing it about the new class of apps that rest on the premise of anonymity and/or ephemerality. Read More

  • Snapchat Hacked By Fruit Smoothie Enthusiast

    Snapchat Hacked By Fruit Smoothie Enthusiast

    If one of your friends randomly sends you a photo of a smoothie on Snapchat, don't go to the URL on the picture. It's a hack that has affected several accounts, as a Twitter search shows. Wired writer Joe Brown was one of the users who suffered a Snapchat fruiting. A Snapchat spokesperson told him that the startup did not see any evidence of "brute-force tactics," and that someone had likely… Read More

  • Snapchat Named Best Mobile App | Crunchies Awards 2013

    Snapchat Wins ‘Best Mobile Application’ At The 2013 Crunchies, Award Disappears In 10 Seconds

    This year’s best mobile app is Snapchat, at least according to the 2013 Crunchies Awards. The ephemeral photo and video messaging app beat out a tough crowd this year, including Mailbox, Tinder, VSCO Cam and WhatsApp. This is Snapchat’s second Crunchie, since it won fastest rising startup last year for its speedy early user growth. Snapchat began in 2011 at Stanford, and the service… Read More