SnapChat- Kofi

Snapchat by Kofi Buckman

Snapchat is a photo messaging application developed by Evan Spiegel and Robert Murphy, then Stanford University students. Using the application, users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as "Snaps". Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (the range is from 1 to 10 seconds),after which they will be hidden from the recipient's device and deleted from Snapchat's servers.

Background Info

- Photo messaging application developed by 2 alumni of Stanford University
- Evan Spiegel
- Robert Murphy
- Initially called Picaboo
- Idea first came about in April 2011
- Launched in July 2011

Cofounders

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Fun Fact

The app’s Mascot is called “Ghostface Chillah” which refers to a member of the Wu-Tang Clan

Uses

- Take and send photos
- Record and send videos
- Limited text space
- Free drawing

“Snaps”

- Refers to both photos and videos
- Sent to selected contacts
- Lasts between 1 – 10 seconds

Problems (Hack)

December 31, 2013
4.6 million usernames and phone numbers leaked on the website SnapchatDB.info

Facebook Offer

Facebook offered to buy snapchat for $3billion IN CASH but the owners of snapchat declined.

Competitors

- Twitter
- Facebook
- Vine

Controversies

Quick Save App

-Available in apples App Store
-Allows you to save snapchats without user knowing

Sexting

-Majority of its users are under the age of 18
-Does this app facilitate child pornography?

Platforms

Smartphones and tables

- iPhones
- Android
- Windows phones
- iPads etc.

Footnotes

[http://support.snapchat.com/]
[http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2013/11/13/facebook-wouldve-bought-snapchat-for-3-billion-in-cash-heres-why/]
[http://cs1022-spring2014.wikidot.com/twitter]
[http://www.facebook.com]
[http://cs1022-spring2014.wikidot.com/vine]
[https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/ios/id36?mt=8]