A petition has been sweeping the internet with over a million signatures in just a few weeks, imploring Snapchat to reverse the latest update. A complete overhaul of the way the app shows your friends stories meant that users across the world are getting seriously heated. Since January you now view your friends’ Stories on the Friends screen, accessed from swiping to the right. This means your chats are now also populated with people’s Stories. When you swipe to the left, where Stories used to be, there’s a big ol’ Discover page with more room for brands, companies and ‘professional content creators’ (is that a job?). It seems pretty obvious that Snapchat’s move had money on its mind because there’s more space than ever for paid placements, and users are disappointed at the decision.
*new Snapchat update*— Gabe Erwin (@gabe) February 7, 2018
Snapchat: “YAHH SOMETHING NEW!”
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In the past few days, a rumour has been going around that Snapchat are due to give in to public demand and reverse the unpopular changes, in part due to a tweet from Twitter user @viscqrra
The tweet got over 17,000 likes on the social networking site, and got fans of the app seriously excited before he tweeted again to add 'nah, im jus playin'. Rude. Regardless rumours are still flying that there will be further changes to the functionality of the app and the next thing to make the cut could be... streaks. The obsession of people under the age of 15 the world over, what started as a way to track how long you'd been talking to someone quickly turned into a status symbol that kids maintain by literally sending each other snaps purely of the word 'Streaks'. Some users have thousands of days racked up on these streaks, and they're not happy with the idea it could be for nothing. Yeah, because currently it stands for so much.
Some scared fans asked Snapchat’s Twitter support page whether Streaks were actually on their way out, and there was a spike in search traffic on Google from terrified snappers who needed to know what the future held for their app usage. Fans even tweeted publicly to the company's Twitter account asking "Is it true you are getting rid of streaks?" and, hilariously, "People have worked hard to get to thousands, so why?" People have worked. Hard. Yeah, okay. So the truth is nobody knows what's happening with Snapchat but one thing is for sure - the update is still ugly as hell.