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An encrypted Snapchat Stories clone

#5 Product of the DayFebruary 20, 2017

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Ben Tossell
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@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
WhatsApp is my go-to messaging app, being in the UK. We've seen this format before - Snapchat, and then instagram. Although this version in particular is pretty much the same as Instagram Stories (obviously, given their parents) I dont know I have time to update every apps story Coverage from TechCrunch h/t @joshconstine I know there is always constant talk about whether Facebook can kill Snapchat and the Instagram Stories clone eating away at users etc. But Snapchat still seem to do an awesome job at putting together content for Stories I can't say I'm shocked Stories is now in Whatsapp Request For Product: App that posts the same story to Instagram, Snapchat & Whatsapp Although I think the point is to literally pick one app and just use that - otherwise, duplicate content 🙄
Illya Bakurov@ibakurov · @Chatspace, @Electric & @HydrateNOW
@bentossell @joshconstine I am trying to figure out the way to actually implement such app to post stories into multiple apps at the same time. Would be super cool 😀 But I agree with you, that these companies do it to satisfy their already existing users' needs, so that users simply don't switch into another apps. On the other side, I am afraid that all these companies subconsciously raise the bar for any other new platform or service.
Wojtek Witkowski@pugson · Rayfeed
@bentossell @joshconstine There have been plans for Stories to be available across Instagram, Facebook, Messenger, and WhatsApp as long as you follow the same people or have them in your friends list. Post in one, get it displayed in all apps.
Dale Alexander Webb@ddaalee · Product, Persona
@bentossell whatsnapinstamessenger
Jil Son@jilsons · Go hard or Go home!
@bentossell Hi! Now you can check our app FastChat :) Hope it will be good for you!
Kirill Zubovsky@kirillzubovsky · Troublemaker. Founder. Dad
On a serious note, I wonder if WhatsApp gives FB a whole new channel for a new advertising model. The whole spray and pray on your normal FB is great, but like Google is getting old and boring, so will Facebook. With WhatsApp, they can now tell advertisers: "hey, we don't really know what's going on inside these encrypted channels, but we can help you ID the users in a brand new way, it just costs 10X your normal ad rates, but it is also 100X more useful. Want to try?"
Kirill Zubovsky@kirillzubovsky · Troublemaker. Founder. Dad
Encrypted is the new _________ ? (caption contest)
Thiago Duarte@tduarte · Designer, Elephant.
Kirill Zubovsky@kirillzubovsky · Troublemaker. Founder. Dad
@tduarte perhaps. but to be honest, I love that FB is copying Snap like nobody's business. Instagram Stories are awesome. I use them maybe once a week, but I actually do. Meanwhile, Snap was this ugly UI clusterfuck that I could never care to figure out. So yeah, they were "Original" but they failed to address users like me, and cloning is the result.
FDLS@analogwired
@kirillzubovsky @tduarte lol I love it!! hahaha
Petr Bela@petrbela
@kirillzubovsky @tduarte Apparently, we're not Snap's target audience. Young people supposedly love the navigation (or at least understand it). Still wondering how they'll get to $22B with <25 yo approach.
James Frew@dr_motley · Writer
@kirillzubovsky @tduarte Can't speak for you, but I had the same experience but largely down to their complete lack of interest in the Android app. Until last year they weren't even bothering to use the Android Camera API causing it to pretty much crash every time you opened.
Ben Lang@benln · Spoke
I wonder how people are going to decide where to post a story now Snap, Instagram, Whatsapp, soon Facebook. ..
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@benln we've been here before. Sheesh. Next up we'll need aggregators to deal with this until the next medium comes along... except this time there are no APIs. ☹️
Ben Lang@benln · Spoke
@chrismessina Buffer for Stories 🔥
Ben Tossell
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@bentossell · Partner https://theupstarters.co/
@benln @chrismessina ha that was my request above basically
Prateek Keshari@prateekkesharii · Digital Marketer
@benln @chrismessina haha! that would be a great solution
Kunal Bhatia@kunalslab · Co-founder & Design Lead @SlidesUp
@bentossell @benln @chrismessina yeah, I don't want open 5 platforms to watch stories for the same person. Once Buffer for Stories is out, I won't be a happy camper watching repeated stories.
Hoan Do@hoandesign · UX Designer, PPCLINK MOBILE
@benln Maybe everyone thinks too much and doesn't look carefully at the use cases. We have multiple circles of friends and acquaintances. There are more 200 countries in the world. Not everyone use Snapchat, not everyone use Instagram, not everyone use Whatsapp. Yep, all of us installed 5 or 6 chat apps in our phones, but for many purposes and to different groups. The dumbest things we will share only to our intimates on Snapchat. People don't add too many people on Snapchat if they are not influencers or artists. People add more friends on Instagram, and now they love Instagram for sharing everyday life moments with bigger audience. That is the reason of the success of Instagram Stories. In Europe or Africa, Whatsapp is communication king while many others are marked "for fast Internet only", "data stealing" or "privacy concerned". The circles of friends of Snapchat is smaller than Instagram, and Instagram is smaller than Whatsapp. People now don't have to find a place to share their moment. They can do it in Whatsapp.
Mark Moriarty@mbym · podcasts
@chrismessina @benln I'm Irish and have been trying Facebook Stories for a while. [Yes: I can send disappearing messages directly to friends, or add a picture (with effects and/or text) to my 24-hour story for all friends to see.] https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/2... It is (since it's exactly like Snapchat and Instagram stories) rather great. One major advantage is I have more "friends" on FB than on Insta/Snapchat, so even though it seems my Facebook 24-hour story is only visible to other Irish accounts for now, I still get enough engagement to make it worthwhile. I think those who don't "duplicate content" and want to pick one platform to post to often go for the one with the most engagement or biggest audience. If it's much of muchness on that front, then it comes down to different personalities ass. with each platform, e.g. for me, Snapchat is where I post the funny/whimsical stuff, Instagram for more serious/scenic stuff. If Facebook extends this to all app users (as I guess it will), then for private individuals (as opposed to brands) like me, who currently have 10x more friends on FB than other platforms, FB Stories may be the one to watch. (Having groups to control who sees posts would become important, though.)
Lyondhur@lyondhur · SM UX/IxD Designer ProdDev & Scrum Coach
@benln I keep repeating this: For work and things/people who really matter: Wire. For anything else: any app, all apps, as mood/needed.
Muhammad Nasrullah@nash · VP Engg Convo, Founder Frequel & Pring
Many people are missing the point that whatsapp is 5-6x larger than SnapChat and many people find whatsapp far more easier to use. If Whatsapp does a decent job of making this simple to understand it and consume it, this will catch on quick esp. considering most of my friends are on whatsapp (30+yr olds, non-US)
James Frew@dr_motley · Writer
@nash But Instagram and SC are apps designed for you to go on and browse, so the idea of disappearing photos that you can view while browsing makes sense. WhatsApp has a specific function - chat - and most people won't interact with the app unless to do something specific. For the Stories feature to work it needs the way people use and interact with the app to change.
Martin Otyeka@otymartin
@dr_motley @nash He did mention a key point " If Whatsapp does a decent job of making this simple to understand it and consume it, this will catch on quick "
Muhammad Vaid@movaid7 · Computer Engineering Undergrad
@otymartin @dr_motley @nash I disagree. I definitely do not want the majority of my Whatsapp contacts (family, colleagues etc) to see what I post on my Snapchat and I'm thankful for the fact that many of them don't have Snapchat. I'm sure this is true of most people who use the platform and is possibly Snapchat's biggest advantage.