Snapchat, and now Facebook’s Poke, are fast becoming the more popular way to share our photos with friends and for some people, strangers too. At first glance we like to think that they avoid some of the perils of regular photo sharing apps, but once again, nothing we do online is ever that safe or clear cut.
What is Snapchat and Poke?
Snapchat has been around for a few years but has only recently been adopted wholeheartedly, largely by the teen and younger demographic of photo sharers. Both Snapchat, and Poke, which Faebook released last week to rival the popularity of Snapchat, are basically apps which allow you to take a photo, choose who to send it to and decide how long that photo is available for them to see before it self destructs and is no longer visible.
Text and video messages can also be sent, and you decide whether they are visible for 1,3,5 or 10 seconds. You are also limited to the number of people the message can be sent to. [Read more...]