Snapchat Integrates Video Chat, Instant Messaging.
Snapchat has recently announced that it would be “putting the chat into Snapchat” with its new instant messaging service that shall rival WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. Users will soon be able to swipe right on a friends name on their Snapchat inbox to begin an instant text conversation. If both users are in a chat, the application shall offer them the opportunity to share live video and chat face-to-face.
When ever the user leave the chat screen, all of their messages and those of their friends shall be automatically terminated. Although users can press or screenshot to anything they would wish to keep, such as an address or to-do lists.
“Until today, we felt that Snapchat was missing an important part of conversation: presence. There’s nothing like knowing you have the full attention of your friend while you’re chatting,” said Snapchat in a blog post.
“We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face.”
Th new features will also come along in an update to the existing application, which has as of yet to arrived in the application store.
This news comes just right after Facebook decided to update their Messenger application earlier in the week to include video messaging. Users will now be able to tap onto a camera icon in their chat window to open up a ‘selfie’ window just below their conversation.
A report that was published during the previous week has revealed that teenagers are beginning to move away from traditional social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in favor of mobile messaging application like Snapchat and WhatsApp.
Snapchat has become one of the fastest growing social media application among teenagers, with this demographic being most to utilize this platform. Snapchat usage has increased by 60 percent between Q3 and Q4 during 2013, according to a report.
Head of trends at GlobalWebIndex, Jason Mander, stated that these applications are particularly more attractive towards teenagers due to them being more private than traditional social networks. and this generation has become increasingly concerned about its digital history.