In case you missed the memo, or didn’t hear the grumblings or sighs of indignation from a nearby teen, I’m here to let you know that Instagram has added a new feature called “Stories”. This new Instagram feature allows you to share photos and videos within Instagram that disappear after 24 hours. Sound familiar? Instagram Stories are basically a copycat of a Snapchat feature called – you guessed it – Stories. Here are the basics of Instagram Stories, along with some privacy tips.
Snapchat has added a new feature called Discover, which delivers curated content from the likes of CNN, ESPN, People, and Cosmopolitan. Between Discover and the previously added Stories, Snapchat is moving beyond its origins as a disappearing messaging app. Snapchat Discover includes some questionable content for the young teen audience.
Seems like the creators of Snapchat have had a change of heart recently. And perhaps this change was not so much out of the kindness of their hearts, but in reality a “mea culpa” due to FTC charges that Snapchat delivered false promises of forever-disappearing photos. So what does this mean to the many tweens and teens who use Snapchat? Everything shared online, has the potential to stay online, despite claims to the contrary.
By now you’ve most likely heard of Snapchat, a popular picture and video-sharing app that features images that disappear after viewing. Back in 2013 the Snapchat developers ave introduced SnapKidz for the under-13 crowd. But, looks like this scaled-down version has been discontinued.
Snapchat is a phone app used to send photos and videos to friends. The unique feature of the app is straight out of “Mission Impossible” – once viewed, the photo self-destructs in a matter of seconds. The app may offer a false sense of security for teens who think they can send an embarrassing picture without consequences.