Apparently, people love Snapchat, the messaging service with pics that disappear moments after you’ve receive them. According to co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, people are sending about 150 million photos a day.
Instagram, perhaps Snapchat’s closest competitor, is officially way, way behind, with an estimated 40 million new pics uploaded each day. While it’s true that Instagram’s shots are designed to stay on the site (at least until they’re manually taken down), they’re down to a little more than a fifth of Snapchat’s activity, when last quarter they were about dead even.
The idea of Snapchat is, true to its logo, downright spooky, an app that tells your kids they can do whatever they want because a smartphone – a tool which has proven to do plenty of suspect things with your data – promises not to save that picture.” But sending a picture that self destructs doesn’t save you from the Internet’s virality. Even with the app’s tracker-blocking design, people are taking screenshots of the pictures before they self-destruct.
“Since young people are the driving force behind Snapchat… People under 18 may be swapping images that are legally classified as child pornography, and they may be doing it with less trepidation than they would if they were using SMS, since they assume the person they’re sending the photo to won’t screenshot their body,” wrote Digital Trends Kate Knibbs in December.
Snapchat lets you select how long you want your pic to appear for, but as far as screencaps [taking screenshots] are concerned, “Any time at all,” is already too long.
Source: Digital Trends
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