Snapchat’s new feature lets you send links to others

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Snapchat Paperclip

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Snapchat is beginning to shake things up a bit—and this is regardless of how some of its cool features have recently been copied by Facebook, Instagram and even WhatsApp. Only today, the app added some creative tools to make its service more interesting and of course, different from Instagram.

One of the latest additions, “Paperclip,” lets you attach a website to a Snap that friends can then swipe to open in the app’s internal browser. This is breaking free from tradition where only ad campaigns and Discover content could add links. To use the Paperclip feature, simply tap in the Vertical toolkit and add your link.

According to TechCrunch, all links share by users must adhere to its terms of service, community guidelines, and privacy policy. The app will also issue warnings to users of malware, phishing scams and other potentially dangerous websites through its safety tools and Google’s Safe Browsing service. Users will also be able to have a preview of the links they intend to visit, which will be shown next to the swipe-up-arrow. Users will also be encouraged to report content regarded as inappropriate.

Another tool added by Snap on Wednesday is “Backdrops.” The new tool lets you cut any object from your Snap and add some colorful or artsy pattern behind it to make it look unique and attractive. Simply tap the Scissors in the Vertical Toolkit, followed by the Backdrop icon. Finally, trace around the object, choose one of the numerous Backdrop designs that rotate daily to be able to highlight a section of your snap.

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“Voice Filters” is the last of the three tools added by Snap today—and it’s a feature that lets you change the way your voice sounds in your snaps. This, as a matter of fact, is possible without the need for visual lens. Simply tap the speaker icon as soon as you are done with your recording, and choose from one of several characters.

All three features were rolled out by Snapchat on Wednesday, and are available to iOS and Android users.

Snapchat finally added a feature that lets you create your personal filter on your phone last week. It means you are no longer restricted to doing so on your desktop as the case was since the start of 2016.

As you may have read in the recent past, Geofilters are getting more popular among users of both Instagram and Snapchat, and the competition will only get stiffer with addition of more innovative ideas and features.

The tool is located within Snapchat’s Setting Menu. All you need to do to start using it is to tap on the ‘On-Demand Geofilters’ and start creating your own filters. Available to you, are loads of templates that are tailored around different occasions such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays. You can also customize all these templates with text, stickers and bitmoji.

However, Snapchat still has to approve your filter, and that takes one business day. You also have to realize the fact that the Geofilters will only be active over a specific geographic location, and will attract a fee. Fees start from $5.99 for a couple of hours; and that’s fair enough in my opinion.


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Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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