Tech | 2 months ago

A game changer for a lot of people...

Snapchat have made the change many people having been requesting for years, and they did it subtly, without any major fuss.

The photo sharing app has, in the past, strayed away from what the competition is doing, but their latest feature is a pointed divergence from this trend.

A new Paperclip feature allows users to add hyperlinks to Stories and snaps, similar to Instagram Stories... or exactly the same really, but Snapchat had the whole concept of Stories first so we'll let them away with it.

This means that a website link can be added to the snap with a click of the paperclip button, and by swiping up on the snap, users will be diverted to a web page.

The link will be handy in a lot of situations such as links to interesting articles or content, or something as simple as a link to get tickets to a gig.

While there were some concerns raised over the safety of such a feature and how it could be a breeding ground for malicious and fraudulent software and websites, Snapchat says it has this base well covered.

The company told TechCrunch: "That all shared links must abide by its terms of service, community guidelines and privacy policy.

"Snap will use its own automated trust and safety tools, as well as information from Google’s Safe Browsing service, to warn users about potential phishing scams, malware or other dangerous sites."


Other features include voice filters which will allow people to remix their voice after a snap has been taken, and also the addition of Backdrops. This lets you cut out an object from your Snap and manipulate it to put a colourful or artsy pattern on it.

While you're here...

Why not hit play on the video below to let funnyman Fred Cooke woo you with his sexy French accent, Dara Dynamite ditches the Speedos to become a Kingsman, Mayo band Flat Out put the woe of the All-Ireland Final behind them to perform the Magic Cover and Justine Stafford takes to the streets to find a date for the Debs.

We also caught up with the cast of Kingmsan: The Golden Circle – Taron Egerton and Mark Strong – as well as the stars of new Irish film Maze – Barry Ward and Nidge himself, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (and his wonderful hat).

It's all jam-packed into this week's episode of The JOE Show, so what are you waiting for?

Check it out right here...

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