Twitter: New Features Hint at Snapchat App Influence

Twitter: New Features Hint at Snapchat App InfluenceTwitter is, by all means, one of the most popular to-date social media apps that have taken the consumer market by storm, with millions of users and thousands or more signing up and using it’s service regularly. Twitter, however, much like other major social media sites has had its share of challenges in generating new users and popularity, given Facebook’s heavy advance on the consumer market, often taking other social media users by the ‘herds’.

Over the past year, Twitter has innovated several of its own unique, strategies in the form of features – most recently, the “Stories” feature which essentially grabs and compiles (or “stitches”) all your Tweets from the same day and presents it to your followers in a unique, organized, and thoughtful way.

However, Twitter’s most recent feature is perhaps likened to that of Snapchat’s, which allows it’s users to send temporary, “self-dissolving” pictures or video feed to its followers. Though, unique to its cause, it (supposedly) will also allow the original Sender to be notified whether or not recipients have viewed, ‘screenshot’, or shared their image or video. Though in all fairness, it can be considerably difficult, given today’s technologically advanced users to track ‘per say’ whether anyone has truly screenshot the image, or in the case of a video re-recorded it. After all, for every new “anonymous”, private, or self-deleting form of media there appears to be at least 5 to 10 different new programs that likewise are designed to, ironically enough anonymously capture the content.

Now, whether this new image/video feature by Twitter is truly a knockoff so to speak of previous Snapchat technology is difficult to say for certain. However, more often than not, social media sites, apps, and technology, in general, seem to often ‘hijack’ one another’s ideas. But, most people might simply consider this a form of innovative thinking, rather than actual theft or a lack of originality.

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