The update was supposed to “separate the social from the media,” said Snap Inc.
“You can’t see other peoples’ stories easily, and the format of how they did the story page makes the app only famous people or community stories,” said Ashton Allen (‘20)
The new update puts pictures and stories involving your friends on the left side on the app, and everything that has to do with media and advertising on the right side. This is a change from where your friend's pictures sent to you would be on the left, and all stories posted would be on the right. “It makes the app more complicated,” said Leah Melrod (‘19)
The change has caused lots of displeasure among friends, “I don't like how the stories are on the same side of my Snaps,” said Friedlander (‘19).
The new friend page is not in the order of the people you last spoke to either; instead, “The new friends page to the left of the camera displays your friends based on the way you communicate with them,” said Snap.
The update has received great backlash from the majority of the users, causing Snapchat users to ask for a certain amount of retweets to get the old version back. One account was asked to get 50,000 retweets in order to get the update changed, and at the time of writing this article, the tweet has over 1.3 million retweets in 3 days. That makes the tweet the 6th most popular tweet of all time. “The fact that it is hard to use, is what I don’t like,” said Michael Friedlander (‘19)
There has been no change yet to the app, with users hoping that soon the old app will be back to normal. The company’s stock was at its second lowest point over the last year when the update was released. “People said it will die off, but right now I won’t be using it less,” said Allen (‘20)
Other students have been using it less since the update, “Yes, I’ll use it less,” said Melrod (‘19).
The old version of the app, making users happy for the time being. Then, the company can use this time to improve the updated version, and fit it to what the people want the app to be. This will allow for users to be happy and the app to continue adapting to society's wants. “They should change it back to the old format,” said Allen (‘20)
There is no alternative to snapchat. There are no other apps that compete with its style. If there is any other app like it, snapchat is more advanced from any other app currently, “No, nothing is really like Snapchat,” said Melrod (‘19).