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Snapchat slips in features like fonts and do not disturb amidst redesign

Snapchat slips in features like fonts and do not disturb amidst redesign
From TechCrunch - February 5, 2018

Snap is waking up to the Time Well Spent movement Facebook is already addressing. Snapchat is offering a way to mute specific people without formally blocking them. Meanwhile, the sweeping redesignthats slowly rolling out comes with ways to jazz up your Snaps with colorful text styles and multiple captions.

The new features focus around making Snapchat the most flexible visual messaging app, doubling down on its most popular use case as its Stories stop growing in the face of competition from Facebooks Instagram and WhatsApp. Instagram just added its own special fonts, which threatened to make Snapchats text look boring. A TechCrunch reader tipped us off with these screenshots.

Snapchat tells me Do Not Disturb quietly rolled out a few weeks ago. By tapping and holding on a person or group, it lets you mute notifications from them so you dont get constantly alerted but also dont have to block them or leave the group. They wont know you silenced them. Thats especially helpful if a close friend wont shut up on Snapchat, but itd be rude to cut them out entirely.

Protecting our sense of focus and attention is critical if were going to stay sane as mobile phones become more central to our lives. Muting your phone entirely can produce its own form of stress, as you wonder if youre missing something important. Thats why thread-by-thread do not disturb features are necessary. Facebook Messenger has had the feature for years.

In fact, Do Not Disturb was championed by Tristan Harris, leader of the Time Well Spent movement who today launched the Center For Humane Technology that will fund anti-tech addiction research, education and lobbying. The next step for Snap would be allowing users to select how long they want to mute someone rather than it being indefinite. It also could offer a notify anyway option that tells the sender youre busy, but that they can message again to bypass the Do Not Disturb barrier.

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