Have you heard about Snapchat?

Snapchat is a mobile app available for Android and iPhone, that allows users to share photos and videos that can disappear after sometime

Users can send photos that can be optionally overlayed with texts and colors along with a timer where you can set the expiration between 1-10 seconds. After the set time expires the image will be self-destructed. Do you find it amazing, but some experts say otherwise…

With the self destruct feature they say that the app is a transport for sexting. Snapchat was founded by  Evan Spiegel, it was only a year ago when it was released by the Stanford student and his recently graduated business partner. The app has since then pooled in a huge user-base and is still continuing in the top lists. Facebook had even approached to acquire the app, but then they went ahead and made their own called Facebook Poke, only that Facebook couldn’t even make it to the top 100’s while Snapchat ranked 6th in the popular apps list.

The app’s main demographic is users between 13 years to 25 years of age and many parents are concerned. Most of them are pointing the apps self-destruct image feature as the main part that holds perfect for sexting.

Well don’t get too excited, the app’s self-destruction of image property doesnt guarantee you of a clean vanish of the image. Although the app notifies senders if a screenshot is taken of their send photo, founder Evan Spiegel says the app is not for privacy. Snapchat’s privacy policy says it can’t guarantee photos won’t still be available in some form after the set time has elapsed.

Snapchat was launched in September 2011 in Spiegel’s father’s living room. In May 2012, 25 images were being sent per second. As of 28 November 2012, users had shared over one billion photos on the Snapchat iOS app, with 20 million photos being shared per day. In November Evan Spiegel said Snapchat was having difficulties with delivering images in real-time because of some of the problems with scaling as the user base increased.

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