Snapchat VS Facebook: Feud of the Century

After several years innovating with photos that disappear within seconds, with filters and also with a lot of funny filters for your photos or videos, Snapchat learned that success is not always for those who arrives first, but for those who stays in even after the time goes by.

During the last May, Spiegel (Snap Inc.’s CEO, owners of Snapchat) said: “If you have a creative company you have to enjoy and accept the fact that people may copy your products“, after a social network such Facebook (also owners of: Instagram, Messenger and even WhatsApp) began to use features similar to those on Snapchat.



At the beginning of this year, the company hired another company from Sweden (called “Strong.Codes”) to increase the encryption of the software and thus to avoid copies, in spite of this, Snapchat continues in search of specialists, since the company is interested in generating softwares more complex and indecipherable codes.

This is the only way to prevent other companies from taking the codes to then generate new products or simply make modifications to programs already finished. Is this the way to prevent a company like Facebook from copying the ideas developed by Snapchat? We don’t known yet, but at least it shows an attempt on the part of the company to prevent this from happening. The imitations from Facebook began after Mark Zuckerberg tried, in a failed way, to acquire Snapchat.

List of Snapchat’s features copied by Facebook:

+ In early 2016, Facebook acquires an app called “Msqrd”, which is based on Snapchat and through the use of the camera of our device, allows us to add fun filters to our photos and videos.

+ In April 2016, Facebook debuted its QR codes for Messenger’s profiles, something very similar to Snapchat codes.

+ In August 2016, Facebook adds the format “stories” to its popular social network: Instagram.

+ During the second half of 2016, WhatsApp adds a camera interface similar to Snapchat. WhatsApp is another of the many companies acquired by Facebook.

+ Facebook adds “Geofilters” and “selfie masks” for live videos.

+ That same year Facebook adds a camera interface similar to Snapchat to Messenger.

+ During 2017, Instagram adds private messages that disappear, 3D face filters for your photos and histories based on geolocation.

+ Facebook adds the “stories” format for your main social network.


For this reason, the growth of users in Snapchat decreased with respect to previous years. Hopefully with this plan, the company, find a solution to the problem.


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Now Snapchat users can let Snap Maps tell everyone where they are. Parents should know that if they use it, all of their child’s friends in the application will know where they are.

Cellular GPS is the father’s best friend. Mothers and fathers can digitally follow their children to make sure they get where they are going and that teens are where they say they are.

And although they may feel that their privacy is not respected, parents praise that technology. But what would you think if the same technology transmitted your location (and that of your children) to everyone on your friends list every time you open the application? Does this idea upset you? Well, I should.

That’s what makes the new Snapchat feature, Snap Map, if you choose to share. Who could agree? The problem is that Snapchat does not mention that this is what will happen if you enable the new Snap Map feature.

He does not mention it in the video where he touts the new feature. Nor in any part of the application. Therefore, users are made to believe that Snapchat will only share their location with all their friends when they share Snaps in Our Story.

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But it’s not like that. If you choose to share your location in Snap Map, Snapchat will transmit it (in the style of Find my Friends) every time you open the application. And it is not an approximate idea of ​​where you are. Your friends can zoom in to see the exact building or house you are in when you open the application.

Snap Map puts your Bitmoji avatar on a map and your friends can follow it in real time as long as you have the application open. Users can access the map by clicking on the main camera view.


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The new Snap Map feature is part of last week’s update. It is not activated automatically. Snapchat touts it as “a whole new way of exploring the world!”. When you update the application, Snapchat allows you to choose who can see your location. You can choose all friends, select friends or just the user.

Those who want to keep their location in private should choose the option “Ghost Mode” of the user. Thus, the avatar of the user disappears from the maps of all. If you ever want people to know where you are (like at a concert or at the beach), then share your location with your friends. But then remember to go back to Ghost Mode. Your friends do not need to know every time you go to the dentist, go for a walk or you are in a remote place at night.

You may remember that Facebook had an optional feature similar called Close Friends. But several months ago, Facebook made it less invasive. Now, Facebook friends can decide to share a general location (such as a neighborhood) and users can see a list of how close their friends are. But Facebook removed the map to make it a little less scary.

In my informal survey of teenagers and their friends, they did not see anything wrong for their friends to know where they are at all times. They think it might be useful if, for example, someone needs to be taken home and if they can see that one of their friends is around. “It’s modern,” said one of my daughters. I tried to explain to him that this opens the door for stalkers and other disgusting people and that removes all privacy.

But in the adolescent world, privacy is an outdated notion. And frankly, nothing that worries them too much. So if parents are concerned, they can make sure that their children’s location is kept private by turning off the sharing feature in the phone’s settings. In iOS, this is done in the Privacy settings.

Scroll to Location, then turn it off completely for all applications in the phone. You may want to leave the Search for Friends and Maps feature turned on. Do it, but check that the rest is set to Never. On Android phones, go to Location Settings and turn it off or off for some applications.

It is true that playing with the function has something cool. Turn on Phantom Mode and press the camera view to enter Snap Map. The map looks like the other navigation tools until one zooms in. Then, it has an air to Google Maps, but with a cool style of watercolor.

A heat map illuminates certain areas to denote that something is happening there and that people are posting many snaps on it with the function Our Story. You can go through and see a fascinating variety of publications from people all over the planet. As I write this, something seems to be happening at the Hong Kong Disneyland, a Dierks Bentley concert in North Carolina.



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