Remember Snapchat? The thing everybody used before Instagram stories? Well apparently, there are still some active users and boy are they unhappy.
So unhappy in fact, they’re pleading for the app to undo a recent update.
‘What is it exactly?’ I hear you ask, well, the ‘Stories’ page – the best bit about the entire thing – has gone. Kaput. Bye-bye.
If you want to see your friends’ stories, you now have to flick through the ‘Friends’ page, where you can find all your personal Snapchats.
Last year, Snapchat announced the app would begin to separate the ‘social from the media’:
Until now, social media has always mixed photos and videos from your friends with content from publishers and creators.
While blurring the lines between professional content creators and your friends has been an interesting Internet experiment, it has also produced some strange side-effects (such as fake news) and made us feel like we have to perform for our friends rather than just express ourselves.
The new Snapchat separates the social from the media. This means the Chats and Stories from your friends are on the left side of Snapchat and the Stories from publishers, creators and the community are on the right.
We’ve also invented something new to make Snapchat feel even more personal: the dynamic Friends page.
The new Friends page to the left of the camera displays your friends based on the way you communicate with them.
You can think of it as a more sophisticated Best Friends algorithm that makes it easier to find the friends you want to talk to, when you want to talk to them.
We’ve all had the frustrating experience of scrolling endlessly through our Chats to find the right person – now your friends will be listed in the order that you want to talk to them.
It might take a little while for the Friends page to learn the best way to display your friends, but the results are worth it!
Separating social from media has allowed us to build the best way to communicate with friends and the best way to watch great content, while addressing many of the problems that plague the Internet today.
We hope you enjoy these changes as much as we do – it’s a whole new Snapchat!
Bad news Snapchat, your audience haven’t enjoyed the changes – cop a load of this:
um @Snapchat what's with the new update?!?! it's ugly fam
— fronk roast me plz (@house_of_uries) January 9, 2018
— Katie (@KTsimcik) January 10, 2018
sorry @Snapchat but kinda disappointed in this new update. it was meant to make things easier & more organised and honestly right now it’s making it more of a chore to use, so until things change again this definitely wont be my favourite social media app anymore #snapchat
— C ?? (@CXGXRX) January 9, 2018
The moral of the story here?
Go and publish your stories on Instagram instead.