Snapchat-Instant messaging with a twist
Snapchat is a service that lets users send photos that last only for moments, but investment
analysts think that the social media company’s future will be long-lasting. After acquisitions
of Instagram and WhatsApp, Snapchat was being eyed by Facebook. But Evan Spiegel, co-
founder and CEO of Snapchat turned down the $3bn offer made to it. The company also is in
a negotiating a deal with Asian messaging giant Tencent and is hopeful that it would evaluate
the firm to a greater value. The user gets to decide the number of seconds the Snapchat lasts
on the receiver’s phone. Close to 400 million pictures are being daily. The “snap”—what
Snapchat calls its private messages—is derivative of the SMS text message and the various
instant messaging applications.
Sure, Snapchat seems kind of trivial. It is the query of many people that why use a service
which doesn’t allow you to store the moments shared by friends for eternity? Why teens and
adolescents are hovering it day and night and why giant companies like Facebook are willing
to pay handsome amounts to own it? The obvious answer is that the present day is the era of
Visual Web. Pictures are not just speaking louder than words, they are also being spoken in
a greater volume. Also the fact that a Snapchat message once deleted is gone forever. Hence
the privacy concerned users rest assured that their snaps will not be leaked to some authority
or frivolous hacker.
Even though Snapchat doesn’t support saving received messages, Smartphone operating
systems like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android do allow you to capture the screen. And, as
retro as this might seem, it’s also possible to take a picture of the screen with another camera
— such as a friend’s cell phone camera. Snapchat tries to notify the person taking the picture
if it determines that the screen has been capture. With the help of data retrieval methods some
experts have tried to develop tools to recover deleted Snapchats on Android Phones, and are
presently working on a similar application in Apple OS as well.
There has been reports about the famous picture messaging app being used by teenagers
for “sexting”- taking naked or sexually suggestive pictures of yourself and sending them to
someone else. And the worry of many is that the recovery of these snaps can be leaked and
circulated on the internet.
But just because most teens and others aren’t sending out naked pictures, doesn’t mean that
they’re not having fun with the service. There are many things people like to share, ranging
from some crazy facial expressions to pictures of food you just cooked. It’s a way to share
a moment with a specific friend and — in a way — a bit of an antidote to traditional social
networking which is, well, kind of permanent.
According to Evan Spiegel, the motivation behind his application was to create a service that
provided more privacy than Facebook or any other social networking service.