Snapchat

  • Facebook Slingshot Review: Crazy? Or Crazy Like A Fox?

    Facebook Slingshot Review: Crazy? Or Crazy Like A Fox?

    Facebook Slingshot’s core mechanic ‘reply to unlock’ makes sharing a fun game or an annoying chore depending on how you look at it. The new standalone photo and video mass-messaging app is delightfully designed, but much of it still feels like Snapchat with a layer of polish, years late. The question is whether Slingshot holding content hostage will lure people in, or if… Read More

  • Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Is Facebook Slingshot Third Time’s A Charm Or Strike Three?

    Facebook has today launched strike three against Camp Snapchat with Slingshot. As with many of Facebook’s recent products (like Paper), Slingshot is an already-proven idea dressed up in an expensive UI with an established distribution network of billions. Despite the fact that most social apps fail, it should be a home run. But it won’t be. And not because it’s different… Read More

  • Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook’s Slingshot Challenges Snapchat With ‘Reply To Unlock’

    Facebook wants to break the “1% Rule” of Internet culture that says a tiny fraction of users create the content for everyone else. So after a momentary leak last week, today Facebook officially launches Slingshot for iOS and Android, an app where friends send you photos and videos, but you have to reply with your own before you can see them. “Everyone is a creator and no one is… Read More

  • Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events

    Snapchat Launches Collaborative Timelines Based On Events

    Last year, Snapchat took its first big iterative step with the launch of Stories, which let users string together all of their snaps from the latest 24 hours into a single, fluid narrative. The company has since gone on to add text and video chat, transforming it from a simple photo-sharing app into a full-fledged messaging platform. And today, Snapchat is digging even deeper with the… Read More

  • Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Facebook Messenger Adds Tap-And-Hold Video Sharing, Another Snapchat Feature

    Why tell with text when you can show with video? Facebook Messenger is diving deeper into visual communication with a new option to instantly record and send short videos, similar to Snapchat. The feature comes to iOS today and is rolling out to Android. Messenger added pre-recorded video sharing and a split-screen selfie camera in April, but now you can tap and hold the camera button to fire… Read More

  • Tinder Just Replaced The Pick-Up Line With Selfies

    Tinder Just Replaced The Pick-Up Line With Selfies

    “So hey, do you live around here?” could be replaced by silly selfies if Tinder’s new Moments feature takes off. The swiping part of Tinder was always fun, akin to spotting potential lovers across the bar. The problem was ending up with a bunch of matches on Tinder or someone making “come hither” eyes at you in real life, but having nothing to say to break the… Read More

  • Stanford Asks Students To Learn From Snapchat Founder’s Mistakes. We All Should.

    Stanford Asks Students To Learn From Snapchat Founder’s Mistakes. We All Should.

    Following the leak of sexist, crude emails sent by Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel during his time at Stanford, the university’s Provost John Etchemendy has issued a memo to students imploring them to “learn something from this.” “We can choose to turn a blind eye to such statements and chalk them up to youthful indiscretion,” Etchemendy wrote. “Or we can be… Read More

  • Confirmed: Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel Is Kind Of An Ass

    Confirmed: Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel Is Kind Of An Ass

    I’ve known Evan Spiegel, Snapchat CEO and co-founder, for a while now. We have had more than half a dozen in-person conversations, far more phone calls, and even shared twenty minutes together on stage at Disrupt SF. And try as I might, I’ve had a hard time liking him. Now, after reading emails sent by Evan Spiegel during his undergrad time at Stanford, I clearly understand… Read More

  • Net Neutrality, Uber and Airbnb Raise, and Snapchat's Update

    CrunchWeek: Net Neutrality, Big Late-Stage Raises, And Snapchat’s Latest Features

    This week is all about CrunchWeek East, as we’re bringing this episode to you from AOL HQ in New York. Anthony Ha, Jon Schieber and myself dive into the most recent madness in the industry, including but not limited to the new proposals around net neutrality law, major late-stage raises from companies like Uber, Airbnb, Pinterest, and others, as well as the latest Snapchat features that… Read More

  • Snapchat Settles With FTC After Being Dishonest With Users About Privacy

    Snapchat Settles With FTC After Being Dishonest With Users About Privacy

    Snapchat has entered into a consent decree with the FTC to address concerns over the company’s privacy policy, app description, and in-app notifications after Snapchat was at the center of a huge data breach last year, exposing 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers. According to the FTC, the security breach was in direct contradiction to promises made by the service around security… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Pattern Baldness

    Gillmor Gang: Pattern Baldness

    The Gillmor Gang — John Borthwick, Robert Scoble, Dan Farber, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Topics include Twitter Dead media bait, FourSquare’s move toward the new cross-app model championed by Facebook, the Google+ backslide, and Microsoft in the free lane. No matter how much the market wants to quantify the Twitter opportunity, the rest of the world is more… Read More

  • Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

    Snapchat Adds Ephemeral Text Chat And Video Calls

    Snapchat is slowly adding features on top of its highly successful ephemeral messaging platform. Today’s two new features are a good old chat interface and a new FaceTime-like video calling feature. Text messages could greatly change the nature of the app. While ephemeral photos are a great way to send something funny and start a conversation with your friends, many users sent multiple… Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… 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. 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