Snapchat has added a bunch of new features to welcome the new year, including poll stickers, individual chat responses in group discussions, and its own take on reactions, each designed to better personalize your in-app experience.
Here’s a look at all of the new additions.
First, Snap’s added poll stickers, which enable you to create emoji-focused surveys that you can share in Snaps and Stories.
As you can see in this example, the new poll stickers provide a fun way to gauge your friends’ responses to any question you choose.
As explained by Snapchat:
“Our video surveys work across iOS and Android, so all your friends can rate their ideas and show their thoughts. Plus, our surveys are designed with transparency in mind – you can see how your friends have voted to help ensure responses remain thoughtful and kind. “
The fact that you can see the responses points to the more subtle nature of the option, although it will undoubtedly lead to some anxiety and concern as well due to misuse.
New poll stickers are now available in the stickers folder in the app.
Snapchat also adds a new option to reply to individual messages within an ongoing group chat, allowing you to specifically address any comment with a separate chat thread.
The functionality will be familiar to those who participate in group chats on Messenger, since Meta added the same functionality back in 2019. The option will make it easy to ensure your messages are understood, while providing additional context for all group chat members.
To use the individual reply option, you will now be able to hold down a message in the chat and then tap Reply.
Snap also rolls out Bitmoji reactions, which are similar to the reaction options in other social apps, but use your Bitmoji character for a more personal touch.
As you can see here, within a chat thread, you’ll now be able to choose one of seven Bitmoji reactions, providing a quick way to respond to messages, while also incorporating the use of Bitmoji.
Finally, Snapchat has updated the video and audio calling interface in order to “make live conversations more fun.”
The new process makes it easier to add Lenses in video calls, a key interaction element of Snap’s video calling option, while you’ll now also be able to preview who’s in a group call before joining.
These are all relatively minor tweaks to the broader scheme, but each adds an element of fun once again, which will help Snap boost engagement and engagement within its group chat and calling options.
Essentially, all of these options duplicate elements of other social apps, despite Snap’s own tilt, and this capacity may help expand Snap interaction, by providing familiar tools in a new context, fueling Snap usage.
Every new feature is now rolled out in the latest version of the app.