Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Snapchat gets group video calls and Mentions feature for tagging friends

Snapchat gets group video calls and Mentions feature for tagging friends

Snapchat has released two new features, one that allows users to video chat with up to 16 friends and another that provides the option to tag users in Stories.

Snapchat users can now have video chats in groups of up to 16 people at once, or 32 people if the chat is restricted to voice only, CNBC is reporting.

The social media platform said the aim of the move was to make the Chat section of the app "more fun". To use this feature, click on the phone icon whenever you're in the Group Chat and Snapchat will automatically send a notification to the members asking them to accept or deny the call.

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Snapchat says the update will be rolling out to users globally over the next few weeks. As usual, all of the same face lenses will be available to users while they're in a group video chat.

Starting a group call in Snapchat is relatively straightforward.

Users can also join with just their voice, or send messages that others can read while they talk, Snap said.

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With another new feature "Mentions", users can tag friends in the Snaps they add to their own Story. This lets you know they're on the group call, too. It will also match a feature in Facebook's Messenger app.

The new features are created to ensure that Snapchat users remain engaged with the service and spend more time using the app. "To tag a friend in your post, type the "@" symbol and write the username of the person you want to tag.

That particular component should be useful, as Snap Maps has increasingly been a hot spot for real-time, first-person updates during breaking news, like natural disasters and protests, as well as more entertainment-focused moments like concerts and popular sporting events.

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