Snapchat starts charging for multiple message replays, adds new filters and effects for selfies

Snapchat starts charging for multiple message replays, adds new filters and effects for selfies
Messaging app Snapchat has a valuation in the range of $16 billion to $19 billion. How can anyone justify such a figure? In 2014, the app brought in $3 million in revenue and for the year, it was $128 million in the red. An update to Snapchat that is rolling out today, is bringing with it a new source of revenue for the company, along with new features for selfie snapping Snapchat subscribers.

If you're familiar with Snapchat, you know that once you open a message, you have ten seconds to view it before it disappears. And while Snapchat members have been allowed to replay one message a day since 2013, the new update allows subscribers to buy three replays for 99 cents. There is still a caveat. Even after laying out 99 cents for the three replays, each message can be replayed just once before it is gone forever.

The update to Snapchat also includes a new feature called Lenses. This includes various effects and filters that can enhance boring selfies and turn them into works of art. To activate Lenses, while using your camera to take a selfie, long-press your face on the display. Multiple versions of the selfie will be snapped, with you deciding which one to send.

Will Snapchat be able to turn Replay into a solid revenue stream? If so, the valuation of the app might continue moving skyward.

source: Snapchat via SlashGear

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