CNET: Google launches its own version of Snapchat Stories

CNET: Google launches its own version of Snapchat Stories. “Similar to Snapchat’s Stories or YouTube’s Reels, Google’s AMP stories are optimized for mobile viewing, as they condense text to a series of interactive, animated images and videos. It’s an evolution of AMP, the search giant’s format for publishers to quickly deliver easy-to-read articles direct from search results, allowing you to quickly pull up a story on your phone.”

Boy Genius Report: Snapchat brings its Snap Map to the web

Boy Genius Report: Snapchat brings its Snap Map to the web. “While Snapchat users are still reeling from the recent update, the company has continued to expand beyond the reaches of the app. After giving users the ability to share and watch Stories outside of the app last month, Snap this week is bringing the Snap Map feature to the web for anyone to browse, regardless of whether or not they have the app.”

Mashable: A step-by-step guide on how to revert back to the pre-redesigned Snapchat

Mashable: A step-by-step guide on how to revert back to the pre-redesigned Snapchat. “All is not well for Snapchat. The app has ticked off its most loyal users with its latest redesign which merges your friends’ snap messages with their Stories. It’s the app’s first major #facepalm. But good news! There’s a way to switch back to the old Snapchat, and we’re gonna show you how do it. But it does come with one big catch.”

The Verge: You can now create your own custom face lenses on Snapchat

The Verge: You can now create your own custom face lenses on Snapchat. “Snapchat is rolling out new features today including a new tool to create custom face lenses and new text caption styles for your snaps. Lenses are AR masks that overlay your face with details like puppy ears, flower crowns, and the all important vomiting rainbow. The lenses start from $9.99 and go up depending on the size of the location you’ve chosen (covering anywhere from 20,000 to 5 million square feet), duration of the lens, and other factors.”

Refinery: Can’t Watch The Olympics? Snapchat May Be Your Best Bet

Refinery: Can’t Watch The Olympics? Snapchat May Be Your Best Bet. “Keeping up with the Olympics can feel like an up-slope battle. The most popular events are usually saved for primetime, meaning that evening work events and cocktail hours with friends can easily derail your opportunity to watch the best of the skiing and figure skating live. Sure, you can record NBC at home, but you do so at the risk of hearing spoilers ahead of time. For this year’s Winter Olympics, which officially kicks off with this Friday’s Opening Ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Snapchat is presenting a promising solution to your viewing struggles.”

Wired: How Snapchat Is Sending #metoo Down The Memory Hole

Wired: How Snapchat Is Sending #metoo Down The Memory Hole . “Just a decade ago, email’s technical and social protocols seemed permanent and universal; now, like countless technological institutions before them, their once-assured dominance has been replaced by an unstable messaging universe with none of the permanence and searchability of the email archives of old. Most of it is mobile-only, which prevents its contents from living on PC hard drives for years. What’s more, a growing subset of Snapchat-inspired messaging apps is deliberately ephemeral, with communications self-destructing after 24 hours or even immediately upon receipt.”

The Daily Dot: Snapchat overhauls Bitmoji so you can make your avatar look just like you

Daily Dot: Snapchat overhauls Bitmoji so you can make your avatar look just like you. “Snapchat announced today the addition of hundreds of new customizations to your cartoon avatar with Bitmoji Deluxe, an upgrade to the popular avatar-creation app. One of the highlights of Bitmoji Deluxe is the ability to snap a selfie of yourself and use it as a reference for your digital character. Another useful addition is the ability to preview changes directly from the builder before applying them.”