Snapchat's popularity has soared to 150 million shared photos per day, and it's done so without an obvious feature that'd be simple to add:
The ability to upload from a phone's camera roll.
The problem: Each day, I receive Snapchats from friends who are more clever than I am. They take funny photos at just the right moment and I want to reward them with something witty in return.
But I'm not as gifted as they are, so I either don't follow up, or I take a ridiculous selfie of whatever I'm around. My photo response adds little value to their life, and it's probably as awkward for them to receive as it is for me to take.
Now, if I could insert a funny photo I've already collected, it'd be better for everyone.
Some people like the spontaneous nature of Snapchat and worry an upload-from-camera feature would ruin that.
— Sam Biddle (@samfbiddle) June 7, 2013
But if you send a friend a picture of yourself hyped on caffeine, would you rather them send back this:
Another missing feature: The ability to add friends on Snapchat from Facebook. But that's probably because Facebook blocked it. Occasionally Facebook prevents competitors from using its platform and it has tried to hinder Snapchat's success before.
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