So for those of you who may be living under a rock Snapchat has quickly become one of the most popular apps amongst people over the last year. A brief history of how Snapchat began. Snapchat was started by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and two other developers from Stanford. The idea initially started as a project for class, but classmates were apprehensive about the concept of self-destructing photographs. However Spiegel went ahead and developed the app with his friends and Snapchat successfully launched in September 2011.
The basic app consists of:
- You send a picture to someone on your friends list
- You pick how long they can view it for, between 1-10 seconds
- You can draw on the Snapchat pic
- Write a message on it
- The picture self-destructs after the time has elapsed
However people can screenshot but its seen as being against the rules in a sense.
Some facts about Snapchat
- Over 30 million active users
- Over 400 million Snapchats sent a day
- Main age group 14-25 year olds
- 70% being women
- Its Free to download
To prove just how huge this app has become around the world, Spiegel the 23 year old CEO turned down a $3 Billion cash offer from Facebook to buy Snapchat. An app that makes no money. Whether this is a good decision remains to be seen as Mark Zuckerberg also faced this dilemma when he was 22, to sell Facebook to Yahoo for 1 Billion. He choose not to and now Facebook is worth 120 Billion.
So in my opinion and with some research to back it up, I don’t think Snapchat is a fad. I frequently use it as a means of texting friends. Sometimes it can get a bit boring just texting, so this adds a whole new meaning to a picture paints a thousand words. As I write this blog my phone is out of action so I can’t use Snapchat for a few days and to be honest I’m getting withdrawals 😛 I can’t wait to see all the snaps when I get my phone back. Also don’t drink and Snapchat, it can lead to some embarrassing screenshots as i learned.
That’s all for now people, G’lucccck 😀