If You Could Only Use One Social Network, What Would It Be?

Few of us have the mental bandwidth to care about the latest hot new social thing. When Foursquare split its app, I never downloaded Swarm in protest. I never signed up for Ello. Do I sound too get-off-my-lawn when I say screw Snapchat? » 3/30/15 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm

Don't Worry -- Snapchat Is Not the Future of Journalism

For the past ten days, I've been getting my news from Snapchat. I've learned stuff about internet dating, celebrity plastic surgery, Ukraine peace talks, and Bitcoin mines. But mostly, I've learned what old media thinks app media really wants. And it's not pretty. » 2/13/15 3:55pm 2/13/15 3:55pm

Do You Have Skype Sex? 

If you've been in a long-distance relationship, you probably know how much it sucks to live your life with the knowledge that you've finally managed to lock someone down for sex stuff but you're just too far away to actually make genital contact. So what do you do? Skype? Snapchat? Confess! » 2/05/15 6:10pm 2/05/15 6:10pm

Snapchat's First Webseries Is Exactly as Terrible as You'd Expect 

Snapchat has unleashed its first ephemeral scripted webseries, Literally Can't Even. The first five-minute episode, "Sip & Surf Party XXX," is available today on the Snap Channel in the app's new Discover platform. » 1/31/15 2:00pm 1/31/15 2:00pm

Your Favorite Anonymous App Is Not Anonymous At All

Security researchers recently discovered a serious flaw in Yik Yak, the "anonymous" messaging app popular with teens. In surprisingly simple fashion, the flaw offered hackers a way to discover the identities of Yik Yak's supposedly unnamed users. It also provides a good opportunity to issue this very important PSA:… » 12/09/14 3:00pm 12/09/14 3:00pm

Snapchat's First 'Non-Creepy' Ad Is For A Horror Movie

Snapchat recently announced that it was getting ads, and it's followed through on that promise, with the first paid-for ephemeral advertisements landing this weekend. However, I'm not so sure that Snapchat's made good on its promise for its ads to be 'non-creepy', since horror film Ouija was the first subject. » 10/18/14 9:00pm 10/18/14 9:00pm

Casey Neistat Riffs on How Snapchat Is Murdering Facebook With Youths

To us olds, it might not immediately be apparent why Snapchat is good for anything other than sending people NSFW photos and videos. But to the kids, it's the only way to communicate. Casey Neistat explains in his latest video. » 10/02/14 3:30pm 10/02/14 3:30pm

Snapchat Is About To Become A Service For "Disappearing News"

Snapchat isn't the most obvious place you would head to for your daily fix of headlines. But that might soon change. Snapchat is about to become a service for disappearing videos, news articles and ads. » 8/19/14 11:06pm 8/19/14 11:06pm

Oh God, A Startup Is Snapchatting the News

There's a startup called NowThisNews that delivers the news du jour in short videos embedded on their site and mobile apps. But these days, apparently that's not enough. So the Awl has noticed, now in addition, NowThisNews is sending out news bulletins via Snapchat. Abandon all hope. » 8/19/14 9:56am 8/19/14 9:56am

Microsoft Research has created a Snapchat clone called Windup, which is available for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1. It lets you share pictures, videos and audio snippets, as well as text—and choose how long your friends get to see them for. » 8/15/14 3:45am 8/15/14 3:45am

This is why Facebook bought WhatsApp for $16 billion: because its throughput of shared photographs is astronomical, and rising at an insane rate. (See also, the purchase of Instagram and the crazy offer for Snapchat.) [KPCB] » 8/05/14 6:14am 8/05/14 6:14am

Facebook's Snapchat Clone Just Got a Little Less Ridiculous

Slingshot, Facebook's second swing at Snapchat-like ephemera, may be pretty to look at, but until now, it's suffered from one huge problem: It didn't make a lick of sense. Thankfully, Facebook's finally remedied that by getting rid of its absurd reply-to-unlock feature. In other words—you can actually use it to have a… » 8/01/14 9:14am 8/01/14 9:14am

Looks Like Instagram Is Working on a Snapchat Rival

Someone at Instagram has a slippery trigger finger: Some Instagram for Android users are reporting links posted to a "one tap photo messaging app" called Bolt. It sounds an awful lot like a very popular photo-sharing app not owned by Facebook that rhymes with "App Hat." » 7/24/14 11:00am 7/24/14 11:00am

Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat Are Turning Into Storefronts

Earlier today, three of the biggest names in social network land—Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat—all announced major pushes towards mobile payments. But it's not your friends they want to help you funnel money to—it's advertisers. » 7/17/14 6:42pm 7/17/14 6:42pm

Snapchat's Thinking About Getting Into the Mobile Payment Business

It looks like Snapchat, everybody's favorite disappearing message app, is getting ready to handle mobile payments. This week, the company filed two payments-related trademarks that seem to signal a shift in its business. But don't get any bright ideas about Snapchat the disappearing money app. There's probably a… » 7/17/14 11:00am 7/17/14 11:00am

Three Uses For Snapchat That Don't Involve Sexting

Before we all got distracted by Yo, Snapchat was the app du jour. It's used by millions, imitated by many, and has something indefinably special at the heart of it. » 6/29/14 11:11am 6/29/14 11:11am

Slingshot's Designers Say You're Using It Wrong

Facebook's new app, Slingshot, is confusing. The premise behind it is that you can send images to your friends—but they won't be able to see your image until they send one back to you. As a messaging service, it's flawed. But, according to the app's designers, it's not a messaging service. It's something entirely… » 6/23/14 4:00pm 6/23/14 4:00pm