Engadget: Snapchat Trends is an overview of the most popular keywords in use in Stories

Engadget: Snapchat Trends is an overview of the most popular keywords in use in Stories. “Snap is introducing a new tool called Snapchat Trends that provides a public overview of the most popular keywords currently in use on the app. Accessible via the company’s website, you can use the feature to get a sense of the topics that Snapchat users are referencing in Stories they share with the public and their friends. The tool also includes a database you can use to search for specific terms.”

Mashable: Snap Map adds ‘My Places’ for a Google Maps feel

Mashable: Snap Map adds ‘My Places’ for a Google Maps feel. “What if Google Maps, but more Snapchat? That’s what the new ‘My Places’ feature on the disappearing messaging app’s map feels like. My Places, which starts rolling out Wednesday around the world, makes it easier to remember and discover nearby restaurants, bars, and new, well, places. The new map option is already in testing with a small group of users.”

Search Engine Journal: How to Find People to Follow on Snapchat

Search Engine Journal: How to Find People to Follow on Snapchat. “Compared to platforms like Instagram and Facebook, where you can search for friends using tags, keywords, and phrases, Snapchat is an outlier. Here’s the question: is it still possible to easily find friends (old and new) on Snapchat to follow? The answer is yes. But first, let’s take a quick look at why Snapchat itself just might be even more influential than you think.”

CNET: Snapchat removes ‘speed filter’ amid safety concerns over reckless driving

CNET: Snapchat removes ‘speed filter’ amid safety concerns over reckless driving. “The app, introduced in 2013, has been linked to several deadly or near-fatal car accidents, many of which involved teens. The company has faced lawsuits from families of people who have been injured or killed in car accidents in which drivers were allegedly using the app and driving too fast to brag to friends.”

Screen Rant: How To Get A Public Profile On Snapchat & What You Need To Know

Screen Rant: How To Get A Public Profile On Snapchat & What You Need To Know. “While anyone can get a Public Profile on Snapchat, there are some minor restrictions that might stop someone from being able to create one. By opting for a Public Profile, Snapchat users open up the door to greater exposure and the opportunity to reach more users. In addition to the option for other users to subscribe to the Snapchat account and for the Snapchatter to post additional details to their public profile, including a bio and description.”

Disney PhotoPass Service x Snap: Announcing New PhotoPass Snapchat Lenses and Can’t-Miss Surprises for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary! (Disney Parks Blog)

Disney Parks Blog: Disney PhotoPass Service x Snap: Announcing New PhotoPass Snapchat Lenses and Can’t-Miss Surprises for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary!. “The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Lenses will be available in the Snapchat app* only at Walt Disney World Resort, but to celebrate the launch – and other special experiences to come! – you can try them at home, anywhere in the U.S., until June 3.”

Loyola Marymount University: Snapchat, Instagram Linked to Alcohol Abuse Among College Students

Loyola Marymount University: Snapchat, Instagram Linked to Alcohol Abuse Among College Students. “Exposure to alcohol-related content on social media is associated with increased drinking among college students, according to several new studies from researchers at Loyola Marymount University. The effect stems from perceptions of drinking norms — the idea that everyone else is drinking, or drinking a lot, which in turn drives how much or how often college students really do consume alcohol, said Joe LaBrie, LMU psychology professor and lead author of the studies.”

Dot LA: Snap Unveils Its New AR Glasses and Innovation Lab

Dot LA: Snap Unveils Its New AR Glasses and Innovation Lab. “Snap unveiled its latest AR glasses, pushing deeper into the technology it considers its big bet. Chief executive Evan Spiegel demonstrated the latest version of ‘Spectacles’ that overlay computer graphics atop the wearer’s field of vision during the company’s annual partner summit on Thursday.”

Input: Scan Band turns your lunch into a playable AR musical instrument

Input: Scan Band turns your lunch into a playable AR musical instrument. “Artiphon, the company behind novel musical instruments the Orba (which we reviewed last year) and Instrument 1, has made an augmented reality (AR) app called Scan Band that lets users turn objects around them into virtual instruments…. Once a user’s opened Scan Band in Snapchat they can point their cameras at quotidien objects (like food, pets, plants) and they’ll be transformed into AR stickers. They can then bang out sounds on the stickers.”

Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them (ScreenRant)

ScreenRant: Snapchat’s Five Los Angeles AR Monuments: What Are They & How To View Them. “Snapchat has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to create five augmented reality monuments around LA. The LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives artworks were built using Snapchat’s technology and can be viewed through the Snapchat Camera. They are intended for exploring the histories of LA communities and to highlight their perspectives.”

The Aggie: The inevitable death of Snapchat has arrived

The Aggie: The inevitable death of Snapchat has arrived. “We can speculate forever about the features of Snapchat, but one of the main reasons why Snapchat doesn’t do as well as other platforms is that you can’t truly cultivate your online persona on the app, which is sort of the reason why we go on social media. The permanence of posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all contribute to our personal brands. If everything you post on Snapchat eventually disappears, could there ever really be a sense of a persona?”