Have you updated Snapchat? For the snap happy ones of us in the office that did, we were confronted with the most interesting feature yet – Discover.
For the uninitiated, Snapchat is an iOS and Android app that lets users take photos or record videos and add text and drawings, before sending them to a list of recipients. These Snaps can be viewed for between one and 10 seconds, then they’re hidden from the receiver’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.
Developed by Stanford University’s Bobby Murphy, Reggie Brown and Evan Spiegel, Snapchat has come a very long way since its release in September 2011:
- Snapchat is reportedly now worth $10 billion
- 100 million people actively use the app each month
- 400 million Snaps are sent every day
- 1 billion Snapchat Stories are viewed every day
- Snapchat is the third most popular social app among millennials
- Facebook offered $3 billion to buy Snapchat in 2013. In cash
Not so bad for an app that was initially dismissed as a novelty act.
In Discover, media companies can publish content to the app for users to view. At launch, these included MTV, Cosmopolitan, Yahoo! News, National Geographic and The Daily Mail just to name a few.
According to Snapchat’s latest blog post, Discover is different because it’s been built for creatives, but keeps Stories – apologies if we don’t watch the entire narrative of your night out, we’ve got better things to do at 3am – at its core.
There’s a beginning, middle and end so editors can put everything in order and every edition is refreshed after 24 hours. Simply tap to open, swipe left to browse, or swipe up on a Snap for more.
With promises of fresh and unique content from each channel every day, Discover has certainly grabbed our attention.