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Snapchat: The Online Magazine

SnapChat Discovery Feed (via Emma Anderson)

What is the first thing you check on your phone every morning? Social media, right? When it comes to government shutdowns or a new Miley Cyrus scandal, we hear it straight from our Facebook or Twitter feed. With so much dependence on social media for information, it has become the go-to news source.

Magazines have recently been challenged by the social media app, Snapchat. Originally Snapchat was just about sending selfies or quirky videos to your friends. Now, the platform has become much like its counterparts, Instagram, and Facebook, with a feed feature showing not just your friends’ stories but random accounts as well. The appearance of the feed is different from other platforms because the images used for each topic have the same quality as a magazine cover with titles such as: “Is Justin Bieber Getting Back with Selena?” Just as a magazine might have ads plastered throughout articles, Snapchat also has ads interrupting the photos and short videos about the latest gossip.

When comparing Snapchat to magazines, the presentation and content are surprisingly similar. Eventually everyone will be scrolling through Snapchat while in a doctor’s waiting room instead of glancing through a magazine.


  1. jmenende wrote:

    I think we are a lot of us are at that point already. I know a lot of people who do not even read magazines.

    Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 6:48 pm | Permalink
  2. mdecarl2 wrote:

    Interesting perspective. In addition, print magazines also do not have the capacity to be as recent with news as Snapchat. Magazines take time to collect information, design, print, and distribute, which is a much longer process than Snapchat’s seemingly instant turnaround. Snapchat is also currently a free platform, as opposed to a magazine subscription that one would have to pay for.

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 8:31 am | Permalink