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.

Why Snapchat?

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.

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