The Next Web: Snapchat is testing new features (that Instagram has had for months)

The Next Web: Snapchat is testing new features (that Instagram has had for months). “Snapchat has clearly fallen behind Instagram when it comes to user growth. In order to catch up, the app is testing a bunch of features like a timer, camera grid, and portrait mode. The finding comes from app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, who took to Twitter to share screenshots of the new features.”

Mashable: The midterms had record voter turnout. Should Snapchat get credit?

Mashable: The midterms had record voter turnout. Should Snapchat get credit?. “On Tuesday, Snapchat shared that 1.4 million users visited their Get to the Polls platform, a voting information portal powered by the tech-focused nonprofit organization Democracy Works. Snapchat also registered over 400,000 new voters in the weeks leading up to the election — and over half of those voters were aged 18-24, also known as the coveted but fickle youth vote. Twitter, Instagram, and Facbook ran similar initiatives, though they have yet to release participation numbers.”

Ubergizmo: New $350 Snap Spectacles Said To Feature Two Cameras

Ubergizmo: New $350 Snap Spectacles Said To Feature Two Cameras. “Snap, the company behind Snapchat, took a $40 million hit on the first Spectacles as it overestimated demand for the product. It launched Spectacles 2 earlier this year and was more conservative with the orders. According to a report, it’s now working on a new version of the Spectacles which will be more expensive at $350 and feature two cameras.”

Engadget: Snapchat pushes voters toward the nearest polling place

Engadget: Snapchat pushes voters toward the nearest polling place. “Snap said its surprisingly successful voter registration campaign helped 418,000 people register in the space of a two-week period. Now, the ephemeral messaging app is following that up with an initiative that encourages those users (and other voters) to actually go to the polls. Starting today until November 6th, you’ll be able to decorate your snaps with special Election-related face lenses and filters, including one that says ‘I Voted.'”

CNET: Snapchat’s Snap Camera brings dog ears and other Lenses to your computer

CNET: Snapchat’s Snap Camera brings dog ears and other Lenses to your computer. “Lenses are arguably the most fun part of Snapchat. It’s hard not to smile when you turn on your selfie cam and see dog ears, rainbow vomit or your face distorted to the extreme. Now, Snapchat maker Snap is letting people use its Lenses without their phones or even a Snapchat account.”

Bloomberg: Snapchat Lost Users in Quarter, Says Declines Will Continue

Bloomberg: Snapchat Lost Users in Quarter, Says Declines Will Continue. “Snap Inc., parent company of the app for sending disappearing photo and video messages, reported that the number of daily users fell for a second consecutive quarter, to 186 million. Analysts on average projected 186.8 million, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Company executives said the app will probably lose users in the fourth quarter, too. The company’s shares tumbled as much as 12 percent in late trading after the report.”