Snapchat users now send more “snaps” per day than Facebook users are uploading photos, according to a Business Insider report. Snapchat users send 400 million snaps every day, while Facebook users upload 350 million photos uploaded every day. Although Snapchat counts both videos and photos in its “snap” counts, it’s still very likely that its total number of daily photos shared beats out Facebook because the vast majority of its snaps are user pictures. More →
Snapchat must be very, very confident in itself because it’s apparently been turning down multibillion-dollar buyout offers left and right. Unnamed sources tell Valleywag that after Snapchat turned down Facebook’s $3 billion offer, Google swooped in with its own $4 billion offer that the company similarly turned down. Valleywag’s sources say that Snapchat has decided to wait until next year to raise cash because it wants to grow the number of photos its users share every day to more than the number of photos shared on Facebook every day. If that happens, the company expects its value to go through the roof, at which point $4 billion will look like chump change.
There aren’t many companies who would refuse to be bought by Facebook for $3 billion, as Snapchat is reported to have just done. But few companies can deliver the kind of engagement performance that new research from Mobidia now reveals. According to the mobile analytics firm, while the number of American Android phone owners who are active on Twitter stayed at 19% between January and October, the number of active Snapchat users exploded from 7% to 18% during the same time period. More →
If you don’t already, it might be time to think twice before sending any incriminating Snapchats to your friends. Business Insider stumbled upon a new app called SnapHack Pro on the App Store, which allows you to log in to your Snapchat profile and open photos without a timer. The photos are then stored in the SnapHack app for as long as you want to keep them. The trick is that the photos must be opened in SnapHack first — not the official Snapchat app — or SnapHack Pro will be unable to locate the images. As of October 14th, SnapHack Pro is still available on the App Store for $0.99, and it’s just the latest in a series of troubling backdoors surrounding the popular messaging app Snapchat.
It is surprising that Twitter only grew its U.S. monthly active user base by 1 million between the March and June quarters — from 48 million to 49 million. One year earlier, Twitter’s MAU base in America grew from 34 million to 37 million. The growth is slowing at a fairly surprising rate. But what is even more shocking is that according to Onavo, the number of U.S. iPhone owners using Twitter has stalled completely between March and August, moving from 27.2% to 27% over a five-month period. Why does Twitter have a growth problem in its core market? One explanation is that American smartphone users are extremely sophisticated and alert to new trends. Twitter and Facebook broke out first in America, and it is in their home market where these giants are now witnessing the explosive growth of alternative services. More →
Snapchat has taken the mobile world by storm. The application allows users to send pictures and videos to friends that will self-destruct after a maximum of 10 seconds. Even better, if someone tries to take a screenshot of the image, the sender is automatically notified. Although its founders may not be proud of it, the application has become rather popular among the “sexting” crowd, a practice in which you send naked pictures and videos to another person. The application isn’t perfect, however. As we saw earlier this year, SnapChat videos can be secretly saved. The truth of the matter is that while Snapchat deletes the images from its servers, they are still stored deep inside the receiver’s smartphone and can be retrieved with the proper knowledge. There are ways to permanently delete Snapchat photos, though. More →
Popular sexting app maker Snapchat on Thursday updated its Android application of the same name with the ability to send self-destructing videos to Snapchat contacts. The video function had been available in the Snapchat Android app as part of a closed beta, but it is now available to all users in Snapchat 2.0. Snapchat bills its app as a way to “build relationships, collect points, and view your best friends,” though the most widely discussed use for the service is sending nude photos — and now, videos — between devices that are automatically deleted after a set amount of time… unless the recipient decides to use a simple trick to save the files permanently. Snapchat 2.0 is available immediately for free in the Google Play store, which is linked below.
Argue though its executives might, Snapchat is good for two things: sending photos and videos of yourself making stupid faces, and sending photos and videos of yourself naked. The latter, of course, is the more compelling function since that is exactly what the app was designed for. When users send pictures or videos, the recipient can only view them for a set amount of time before they “self-destruct.” Yes, a recipient can take a screenshot but the sender is automatically alerted when that occurs — then, as the saying goes, fool me once… As it turns out, however, Snapchat users (and users of “Poke,” Facebook’s (FB) Snapchat ripoff) can easily save photos and full-length videos received through the service without the sender ever knowing. More →
Facebook (FB) on Friday released a new free application for the iPhone called Poke that competes directly with Snapchat and allows users to send a messages, photos or videos that will self-destruct after a set time. With Poke you can send messages to individual friends or groups that are set to expire after one, three, five or ten seconds. The app is simple to use and only requires you to hold down a finger on a thread to activate the timer for a specific message. It was previously reported that an Android version would be released too, however Facebook did not reveal any such plans at this time. Poke is set to be available on the App Store later today.