Snapchat Memories

Save and search for snaps on Snapchat

#2 Product of the DayJuly 06, 2016



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Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · Words @ProductHunt & @AngelList
Unanimous reaction to Snapchat launching Memories:
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Again, Snapchat is building upon existing user behavior and adding more utility to the platform. In many ways it's starting to look like most mobile messengers like Facebook Messenger or LINE, and that's a good thing, imo.
Funny, @jgcatalano SnapMemories ~5 months ago as a way to relive past Snapchat stories.
Jan Deruyck@janjeanjack · Director Sales & Marketing, ITP
@rrhoover @jgcatalano Ok true, and yes it will be more addictive, but the whole idea of ephemerality was the reason people jumped on the platform. Skipping that core value, can also open the door for new platforms.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Something new
@rrhoover There's a good run through of it screen-by-screen on TechInsider You can check it out here
Darren@_dbarone · Designer, mophie
@rrhoover After taking a second look, here are my thoughts: • It looks like you have to manually save to memories, rather than all snaps being saved by default — so I'm not as reluctant. • It's basically a photo vault within the app. Let's hope it's secure since snaps are likely more sensitive than those in your camera roll. • I'm not so sure about adding old snaps to stories; it departs from Snapchat's original mantra of living in the moment. • Like others have said, this could push Snapchat even closer to becoming your primary camera/photo app; only time will tell.
Paul Hart@roamlocally · Oxygen Consumer
@rrhoover @jgcatalano I'm looking forward to showing my parents my 'bikini butt' accidentally. 😏
Harsha M V@harshamv · Skreem, Head of Technology
@roamlocally @rrhoover @jgcatalano lol
Jack Dweck
@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
If Snapchat wasn't already your go-to camera app, it will be now.
Sar Haribhakti@sarthakgh · Learning
@jackdweck And your go-to photo album app eventually.
Jonathan Howard@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@jackdweck It'll be my go-to camera when iOS lets other camera apps be on the lock screen. Which I assume is why iOS doesn't let other camera apps be on the lock screen :-\
Chuck Kahn@chuckkahn · Assistant Editor, Freelance
@jackdweck too bad it saves at a lower resolution than the built-in camera tho
Ahmed Fahad@ahmed_fahad_ · Founder&CTO, Dhaka Rides
@chuckkahn @jackdweck also, no HDR
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@staringispolite but then you can't share them with your Snapchat friendz! The inability to import photos/videos into Snapchat stories is part of its genius. cc @jackdweck
Jonathan Howard@staringispolite · Growth engineer & founder
@rrhoover @jackdweck True but (1) I can't share with friends if I miss capturing the memory entirely. Right now, I have to unlock my phone, maybe close another app, wait for Snapchat to finish loading, and hope the moment hasn't passed. I've missed moments because of this as recently as our trip to MoMa this weekend (2) I can still add photos to 1-1 snap chat chats (3) I have exactly zero friends on snapchat that I don't also have elsewhere
Derek Petersen@tuxracer · Lyft
@jackdweck sadly Snapchat takes a still frame of a video vs an actual photo. The resulting quality is much, much lower than photos from the camera app. They probably have a good reason for doing it this way, but not sure what that is... Whatever the reason this makes Snapchat a poor choice for a default camera.
Scott Stephens@imscott · Product Designer, The App Business
I really hope they improve the quality of videos and photos when saved this way...if you download your own story currently the image quality is reduced significantly.
Graham Perich@grahamperich
@imscott +1. Snapchat's current tech for taking photos is just capturing whatever frame is on-screen during the preview. It's effectively the same thing as screenshotting a freezeframe from a paused video iirc. Not good. Snapchat will need to improve the quality of saved photos/videos for the potential of Memories to be fully realized imo
Derek Petersen@tuxracer · Lyft
@grahamperich @imscott This explains the poor photo quality. But even videos that you download from your story are significantly reduced in quality. You don't seem to get access to the original video file from your story, it appears to re-encode the video all over again and at a very low bitrate.
Jacob Catalano@jgcatalano · Founder
This is a bold move by Snapchat. I didn't think they would do it due to the cost of saving all of the content.
Shlok Vaidya@shloky · Sr. Product Manager at Planview, Writer
@jgcatalano In a sense, that content is their only value. In fact, you can reduce most companies to robust databases with unique content. Google = URLs. Insta = pictures. Indeed = Job postings.