Snapchat officially brings Group Video Chat to the masses

04 April, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Shannon Newton
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Snapchat has announced Group Video Chat and Mentions - two major new features that will likely prove popular with users of the messaging-cum-social-media app.

Snapchat users can now have video chats in groups of up to 16 people at once, or 32 people if the chat is restricted to voice only, CNBC is reporting.

"In spring 2016, we introduced Video and Voice Chat as part of a large Chat update with the goal of making catching up on Snapchat feel less like texting and more like really hanging out", said Snapchat. These video calls allow you to apply all the fun Snapchat filters, and you can even choose to start video calls with only some people in the group. Snapchat will automatically send each of your friends a notification prompting them to join the Group Video Chat and they will have the option to either accept or deny the invite. Friends can choose to only join via voice if they don't want to video join the call. Mentions are the company's way of elevating Snapchat's interactive capabilities, while group video calls pose a direct competition to Houseparty and Bonfire.

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Group video chatting is fairly straightforward in its approach. Most famously, Instagram took, name and all, Snapchat's Stories, the 24-hour video diaries that disappear at the end of the day. Friends that view your story will also be able to add a tagged person as a friend or view any public stories that they have posted.

Mentions in Snapchat work just like they do in other applications.

The second feature of interest to brand communicators is the ability to tag other Snapchat accounts in Stories. This lets you know they're on the group call, too. This feature was originally reported last month, but it's now rolling out to a broader audience.

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Your mates will be notified in Chat if you tag them in a Story. This should make it a (ahem) snap to tag the right person.

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