Snapchat is a multimedia messaging app that is used globally, created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown. It allows users to send and receive “snaps,” which are photos or videos that can be viewed for a short time before disappearing.
Snapchat also offers a range of features, including the ability to apply filters and lenses to photos and videos, create and share stories, engage in group messaging, and use Bitmoji, which are personalized cartoon avatars.
The app also has a feature called Discover, which allows users to view content from publishers, celebrities, and other public figures, and a feature called Snap Map, which shows a map of the world and allows users to browse public snaps from around the globe.
Some of the features of Snapchat include:
- Sending and receiving “snaps”: Snaps are photos or videos that are sent from one user to another and can only be viewed for a short time before disappearing.
- Applying filters and lenses: Snapchat allows users to add filters, which are special effects that can be applied to photos and videos. These filters can change the appearance of the image or add fun visual elements, such as dog ears or a rainbow trail. Snapchat also offers lenses, which are augmented reality effects that can be applied to the user’s face.
- Creating stories: Users can create a story, which is a collection of snaps that can be viewed by the user’s friends for a period of 24 hours before disappearing.
- Group messaging: Snapchat allows users to have both one-on-one conversations and group conversations with friends.
- Discover: Snapchat’s Discover feature allows users to view content from publishers, celebrities, and other public figures.
- Bitmoji: Snapchat’s Bitmoji feature allows users to create a personalized cartoon avatar of themselves, which can be used in the app and on other platforms.
- Snap Map: Snapchat’s Snap Map feature allows users to see a map of the world and browse public snaps from around the world, or see where their friends are snapping from.
What is Snapchat+?
As the name suggests, Snapchat+ is a paid subscription offering of the Snapchat app. It unlocks new features before anyone else gets a chance to use them. On a support page for Snapchat+, Snapchat described these features as “exclusive, experimental, and pre-release”, and said it will enhance and customize your Snapchat experience, enabling you to dive deeper into the app.
Snapchat+ subscription cost you $3.99 USD per month and $39.99 USD per year.
Alternatives of Snapchat?
There are several alternatives to Snapchat that offer similar features for sending and receiving ephemeral messages, including:
- Facebook Messenger