Snapchat Adds Group Video Chat, Allows Tagging

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To start a group video call, you'll need to either start a new conversation with a group of people or go to an existing one.

"Today, we're making Chat even more fun". Now you can video chat with up to 16 of your friends at one time. For comparison, Facebook allows for up to six friends to video chat, or 50 to join along with audio.

If you have a bigger squad, Snapchat supports group voice calls of up to 32 people. Friends can choose to only join via voice if they don't want to video join the call. Start-ups also pose competition Houseparty - a teen-focused video chat app created by Meerkat founder Ben Rubin, Yevvo co-founder Itai Danino and former Tumblr executive Sima Sistani - has about 20 million users with an average session time of 51 minutes, the company told BuzzFeed News.

The firm first introduced one-on-one video and voice chat in 2016. Whenever a Snapchat user posts the name of another member on a Story, that person will receive a notification that they were mentioned.

Mentions in Snapchat work just like they do in other applications.


Snapchat's Mention tagging perk for Stories (the disappearing image and video slideshows the app is known for) is now available to everyone. With the update, users will also be able to voice chat with up to 31 people, according to a Snap release.

Snapchat says that the tagging feature will particularly useful for influencers and promoting brands or celebrities.

Snapchat has been busy adding a slew of other features to the app over the last few weeks. Allowing you to annoy everyone on the bus or in the office when you forget your headphones and jump into a video call with 15 of your closest friends.

Share Snapchat Stories with anyone: Users can now share Snapchat stories with anyone, regardless of whether they have the app.

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