We've built a whole new way to explore the world! See what's happening, find your friends and get inspired to go on an adventure!
It's easy to get started – just pinch to zoom out and view the Map! You decide if you want to share your location with friends or simply keep it to yourself with Ghost Mode.
If your friends are sharing their location with you, their Actionmoji will appear on the Map. Actionmojis only update when you open Snapchat.
We hope you enjoy the new Map as much as we do!
A whole new Story
Today we’re announcing a new way to create custom Stories – about anything, with any of your friends, even for a specific location! It's perfect for a trip, a birthday party or a new baby story just for the family.
You decide who can add to the Story and who can view it – you can also choose to Geofence the Story to a location.
It’s really easy to create a new Story. Simply tap the “Create Story” icon located in the top-right corner of the Stories page.
Stories disappear if no-one contributes to them for 24 hours.
We hope you enjoy creating custom Stories!
Today we’re making a pretty big change to the way you create and send Snaps. We’re reorganising the layout of our creative tools, adding a Magic Eraser (you’ll find this under the Scissor tool) and adding a new setting to the timer: infinity!
We’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to fully enjoy a Snap – even after replaying it – and we wanted to give you the option of allowing the recipient to enjoy your Snap as long as they’d like. After your friend finishes viewing the Snap and taps to close it, it will delete as usual.
There’s also a new Loop tool for videos, so you can decide if your Snap plays once or loops until your friend is ready to tap to the next Snap.
These changes allow us to continue evolving the Snapchat service and provide a foundation for introducing even more creative tools for making fun Snaps! We hope you enjoy it!
Introducing New World Lenses
We launched Lenses over a year ago as a whole new way to express ourselves on Snapchat. Since then, we've become puppies, puked rainbows, face-swapped with our best friends – and begun to explore how Lenses can change the world around us.
Today, we’re adding new ways to use Lenses.
While Snapping with the rear-facing camera, simply tap the Camera screen to find new Lenses that can paint the world around you with new 3D experiences!
A Story for everything
Since we launched Stories in October 2013, Stories have evolved from singular, personal perspectives to include collective narratives created by our entire community with Snaps submitted to Our Story and curated by our team.
Our Stories have provided behind the scenes Snaps from interesting events all around the world – from the field of the Super Bowl to the summit of Mount Everest! Over time, the number of Snaps that were created by our community and added to Our Story simply overwhelmed our curation team – and inspired us to create something new.
We’ve built a new way to understand what’s happening in Snaps that are submitted to Our Story, and to create new Stories using advanced machine learning. The results have been amazing: you can search over 1 million unique Stories on Snapchat!
In addition to our professionally curated Stories, you can watch a local basketball game, check out the scene at your favourite bar, view your favourite Fashion Week shows, get inspired by a faraway place, or simply tap through a Story full of puppies – there’s a Story for everything!
The best part of Stories is seeing the world through the eyes of our community. It’s easy to add your point of view – simply take a Snap and add it to Our Story! You might see it included in relevant Stories depending on what you’re Snapping.
We’re rolling out Stories in Search starting today in selected cities and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Today, the media reported that we selected London as our international HQ. That is not true. We have one HQ, in Venice, and many offices throughout the world.
We did, however, make a change to the way we operate our business in London. Going forward, we will bill our advertising revenue from the UK (and a few other countries) through a UK entity. This allows us to pay taxes in the UK, which we believe is part of being a good local partner as we grow our business.
We want to pay taxes in the countries where we sell advertising, and this is an important step in building the infrastructure to achieve that goal.
Christmas is a great time to hang out with friends and spend time with family – it’s always better together! We couldn’t think of a better time to announce Groups, a new way to communicate with up to 16 friends on Snapchat.
Groups can be created while you're sending a Snap or opening a new Chat. When your friends are present in a Group Chat, we show their names at the bottom of the Chat. Simply tap their name to start a one-to-one Chat, and then easily return to the group in a swipe! We call this Quick Chat, and it’s the fastest way to keep the conversation going with one friend without spamming the entire group.
Chats sent to a group are deleted by default after 24 hours. Snaps sent to a group can be opened and replayed just once by each recipient. If Snaps aren't opened, they're deleted after 24 hours – just like Chats.
We’ve also introduced two new creative tools: Scissors and Paintbrush. Use Scissors to cut out part of a Snap on the preview screen to turn it into a sticker! The Paintbrush can be applied to Snaps in Memories, and turns them into artistic masterpieces!
We’re so grateful for your support. Thank you for another terrific year – we love building products for you all! Wishing you a wonderful 2017.
When we first built Auto Advance, we wanted to make it easier to catch up with your friends by playing all of your Stories in recent updates back to back.
Unfortunately, this change made it impossible to individually choose which Story to watch. Sometimes we just want to see what our close friends or family are up to – not all of our friends – and Auto Advance prevented that.
Starting today for select Snapchatters in our Android community and rolling out soon across all Android and iOS, the Auto Advance feature will be removed to give you control of your Story viewing experience once again!
Simply tap on a Story to view it. We won’t automatically advance you to the next Story in recent updates.
We haven’t given up entirely on this idea of making it easier to catch up with friends – so we took what we learned from Auto Advance and built Story Playlist.
Story Playlist is an easy way to select the Stories you want to watch and seamlessly view them in full screen in the order you selected them.
Tap on the Story thumbnail to the left of your friend’s name to add their Story to your playlist. Hit the play button at the bottom of the screen to watch!
We’ve been working for the past few years to develop a totally new type of camera. We call it Spectacles!
Imagine one of your favourite memories. What if you could go back and see that memory the way you experienced it? That’s why we built Spectacles.
Spectacles are sunglasses with an integrated video camera that makes it easy to create Memories.
We’ve created one of the smallest wireless video cameras in the world, capable of taking a day’s worth of Snaps on a single charge, and we've integrated it seamlessly into a fun pair of sunglasses – available in 3 different colours!
Spectacles connect directly to Snapchat via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and transfer your Memories directly into the app in our brand new circular video format.
Circular video plays full screen on any device, in any orientation, and captures the human perspective with a 115-degree field of view. We can’t wait for you to see it!
Spectacles will be available soon.
Today we are changing the name of our company to Snap Inc.
It has been five years since Bobby and I started working on Picaboo, the little app that became Snapchat – and we’ve been so lucky to build an incredible team that has continued to expand Snapchat and create products like Stories, Memories, Lenses and so much more!
When we were just getting started it made sense to name our company Snapchat Inc., because Snapchat was our only product! Now that we are developing other products, like Spectacles, we need a name that goes beyond just one product – but doesn’t lose the familiarity and fun of our team and brand.
We decided to drop the “chat” and go with Snap Inc!
Changing our name also has another benefit: when you search for our products, it will be easier to find relevant product information rather than boring company information or financial analysis. You can search Snapchat or Spectacles for the fun stuff and leave Snap Inc. for the City crowd :)
We hope that this change will improve your experience with Snapchat and Spectacles, and create a structure that allows us to continue making great new products for you and your friends!