Get this. Before now, Snapchat wasn't good for actually chatting. I know, for an app with chat in the name, you would understandably expect it to foster some form of conversations (the snappy kind, at least). But until now, users have only been able to take photos or short video clips, doodle on them, add captions, set how long the recipient could view them, and share. The app was less about communicating and more about, well, other stuff. But now the company has added instant messaging to the app, along with live video chatting.
Snapchat's video chats feel more spontaneous than traditional calls. A blue circle appears in the text box whenever you and a friend are both online at the same time. Tapping on that icon makes you appear instantly. There's no ringing or waiting around, aside from the inevitable connectivity issues.
The app treats text messages similarly to how it treats images and video clips. Once both you and the person you're chatting with have viewed a message, it goes away. Of course, you can still take a screenshot of whatever it is you wish, so don't turn to this app thinking it will hide your sexting any more than those pictures you took in your bathroom. You might as well be open about it.
Swipe right on a friend’s name in your Snapchat inbox to start chatting. When you leave the chat screen, messages viewed by both you and your friend will be cleared – but either of you can always tap or screenshot to save anything you’d like to keep (addresses, to-do lists, etc.)!
We let you know when a friend is Here in your Chat so that you can give each other your full attention. And if you’re both Here, simply press and hold to share live video – and Chat face-to-face!