Video chat and messaging have become popular with both casual and business users. From messaging apps like WhatsApp to video chat platforms like Viber, the influence of these technologies as communications tools is clear.
Developers of photo messaging app SnapChat seem to think so too. The SnapChat team announced recently they would add a Snapchat video chat feature, creating yet another channel for business and other users.
Here’s a video look at the new feature:
In a post on the official SnapChat blog, the company explained:
“We could not be more thrilled to announce Chat.
Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!
We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!”
Currently, SnapChat is a smartphone app that enables you to take and share pictures. Nothing special there. What makes SnapChat unique is the length of time others in your network can see your photos. When you send those photos to another user, you have to set a time limit for how long the recipient can view them. Currently, your choices are from 1 to 10 seconds. Once the time limit is up, the photo will be wiped from the recipient’s device and deleted from Snapchat’s servers.
Image: Snapchat Video Still