Snapchat switches on group chats

2016-12-14 16:49 - Kyle Venktess, Fin24
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Johannesburg - Image messaging app Snapchat has launched a group chat option in time for the festive season. 

Groups allows for 16 participants to communicate with one-another on Snapchat and can be created when sending a Snap or when making a new chat. 

When participants are present in a Group Chat, the names of users are at the bottom of the chat and, once tapped, users will be able to engage in a one-on-one chat before returning to the group. 

“We call this Quick Chat, and it’s the fastest way to keep the conversation going with one friend without spamming the entire Group,” Snapchat said in their blog. 

By default Groups are deleted after 24 hours and Snaps in a group can be opened and replayed once. 

READ: Instagram, Snapchat are SA's new social media hotshots

New creative tools such as a 'scissors' and 'paintbrush' have been added to the app and can be added to Snaps in Memories.

Recently Snapchat announced its auxiliary accessory, a wearable gadget called Spectacles which looks like sunglasses but features a built-in camera for shooting video. 

Spectacles are available in one size and three colors and can record video of up to 10 seconds using the wide-angle lens on the glasses.

According to the 2017 Social Media Landscape Survey - released recently by local technology experts Michal Wronski and Arthur Goldstuck - Instagram and Snapchat fastest growing social networks in SA.

Snapchat usage in the country surged to 33% from 2015, the report showed.

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