Posts Tagged ‘snapchat’

Facebook’s Snapchat Competitor Slingshot Goes Live, Some Reciprocation Required

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After leaking ahead of time for the whole world to see, Facebook yesterday officially released Slingshot: its second attempt at a Snapchat competitor that adds an interesting twist to the ephemeral message dynamic. Read more…

Facebook Snapchat Competitor ‘Slingshot’ Appears then Disappears from App Store

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Known for its clever combination of selfies, text and scribbles, the self-destructing messaging platform Snapchat has become a hit. So, it’s no surprise that social media giant Facebook is interested in taking a bite out of the ephemeral messaging market.

The company has even gone so far as to reportedly offer $3 billion for Snapchat at one point. But, rather than continuing to try and buy out Snapchat, Facebook has now decided to create its own competitor, an app that existed only as a rumor until yesterday. Read more…

World Wildlife Fund’s #LastSelfie Campaign Uses Snapchat to Raise Awareness About Endangered Species

In a world filled with more social media platforms than you can shake a stick at, it’s inevitable companies are going to do their best to exploit the social media platforms to their benefit. Oftentimes it’s tacky, but once in a while it’s creative, unique and powerful — as this ad by the World Wildlife Fund in Denmark and Turkey goes to show. Read more…

Huge Snapchat Info Leak: 4.6M Usernames and Phone Numbers Released

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Uh-oh… this isn’t good. Just as Snapchat’s star seemed like it would continue rising indefinitely, the company has suffered a massive setback in the form of an information leak of massive proportions. Taking advantage of a recently-revealed vulnerability, hackers were able to pull 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers from the service and publish them online for the whole world to see. Read more…

Snapchat Update Includes Ability to Replay Snaps, Add Filters and More

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Snapchat, famous for dealing with the problem of rising attention spans by whittling the life of a photo down to 10 seconds, has gotten a little more time-friendly with an update that includes a limited option for re-viewing images later. Read more…

Instagram Unveils ‘Instagram Direct,’ Lets You Send Pics and Video to Specific People

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Today was the day of the mystery Instagram event that had many a tech site speculating about what the Facebook-owned image sharing giant would announce. A couple of sources were close, but there’s no longer any need to speculate because Instagram has let the cat out of the bag, and that cat’s name is Instagram Direct.

Already live as I write this, Instagram Direct is a new service that will allow users to send direct messages complete with text and either photos or videos to a select group of people, rather than sharing them with your entire follower base. Read more…

Twitter Takes Aim at Snapchat’s Market by Letting You Send Pics via Direct Message

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The tech world is full of ‘wars,’ all of them over the attention of that flighty creature known as ‘the consumer.’ And one of the wars being raged most furiously is between the major social networks: the established behemoths Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; that stubborn network loved by photogs, Google+; and the new kid on the block that has everybody’s undergarments in a bunch: Snapchat.

Well, Facebook has had its go at stealing some of Snapchat’s market (both literally and through acquisition) and has been ultimately unsuccessful on all counts. Now it’s Twitter’s turn. Read more…

New Technology is Making it More Difficult to Conceptualize Photography

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A few weeks ago, I found myself wandering around a local career fair — the type of event I normally find pretty loathsome, or at least overcrowded an unhelpful. This time though, a fun surprise: representatives from Snapchat and Shutterfly stood at booths right next to each other.

Oh boy! I couldn’t turn down the chance to chat with some folks more or less connected to the photo industry. Read more…

Snapchat Supposedly Turned Down a $3 Billion Acquisition Offer from Facebook

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When Facebook spent the staggering amount of $1 billion on the Instagram acquisition, people the world over thought they were crazy for throwing that kind of money on an app that, at the time, hadn’t generated any revenue.

Well, that acquisition turned out pretty well for CEO Zuckerberg, who has since allegedly turned his sights on Snapchat, only to have an even more ludicrous offer spurned. How much more ludicrous, you ask? Apparently, Snapchat recently turned down a $3 billion offer from the social media giant. Read more…

SnapHack Permanently Saves All of Your Snapchats, No More Disappearing Pics

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In the past, we’ve reported on potential loopholes and issues with Snapchat’s disappearing picture system that allowed adamant users to take screenshots without sending notifications or review snaps that had expired, but SnapHack is on a whole other level.

SnapHack is an app for iOS that, for just $1, lets users pull and permanently save every single snap their friends send their way — no more disappearing photos or videos. Read more…