Snapchat has rolled out a new GIF feature following in the exact footsteps of Instagram. Recall that Instagram added GIFs to Stories last month—enabling more ways for users to express themselves.
Just like Instagram, Snapchat’s GIF feature is powered by GIPHY, and is loaded win the Sticker Picker beside the existing options from Snapchat. GIFs in Stories will give users more ways than one to express themselves. For once, it shows that Snapchat can indeed “copy” a popular feature from its biggest rival—Instagram.
Also added to the ephemeral picture sharing app, according to TechCrunch, are the Friends and Discover screens. These two features have been added within the app and will make it easier for you to follow along with the Stories you want to see whenever you want to see them.
CEO Evan Spiegel had promised a redesign of the app sometimes last year. Current additions and changes are all part of the redesign; but have not been very popular among majority of users.
No fewer than 83 percent of users who reviewed the app on the App Store gave the new design thumbs down. Apparently, users are not happy the way things turned down—with many of them complaining that the feeds are no longer chronological and are confusing.
So angry were many of the users that some resorted to contacting Snapchat support on Twitter to express their frustration at the new design. Their demands are quite clear—they all want Snapchat to revert to status que. Unfortunately, though, the Snapchat Twitter page didn’t provide any succor to users—informing one in particular that “it’s not possible to revert to a previous version of Snapchat…”
A breakdown of the stats shows that only a paltry 17 percent, or 391 of the reviews gave it three to five stars—that’s damning to put it mildly.
Apparently, Snapchat users are annoyed that Stories from friends who follow them back are now disjointed through the inbox with messages threads in between. This is contrary to situation where they are all laid out in one place.
Even more annoying is the fact that the new design forces users to tap a preview of the next person’s Story before it is shown. What this means is that the new redesign prevents users from auto-advancing to lay back and watch loads of Stories of many other users.
Snapchat’s CEO Evan Spiegel had last November admitted that things had to change per the app if feedback from users are anything to go by. Confirming that his company was working on a redesign that will make it easier for people to use Snapchat, Spiegel per The Verge said: “One thing we have heard over the years is that Snapchat is difficult to understand or hard to use, and our team has been working on responding to this feedback.”
If the redesign according to Spiegel was to make the app easier for people to use Snapchat, then the company still has a long way to go to get it right. According to Spiegel, the change promises to be a significant one that could likely be “disruptive” to its business.