While Snapchat is known for allowing users to send disappearing chats and photos, called snaps, video calling has become a popular feature of the app, according to the company. Snapchat said their app hosts more than 100 million video calls each month with up to 15 participants each. Now it hopes the service will be easier and more comfortable to use when people join these conversations from a desk.
As with the app, the online version of Snapchat opens directly to the camera to encourage users to send photos to friends. In a sidebar, users will see a list of their recent friend calls, where they can open snaps or start a chat. The online version will not include all the features of the mobile app, such as “Snap Map” where users can track their friends or discover the part – at least to get started, according to the company.
“With so many in our community spending more time online, whether for distance learning or work, streaming or just surfing – we saw a huge opportunity to make it easier for our community to stay in touch throughout the day,” a spokesman for Snap, the app’s parent company, said in a statement.
To protect users’ security and privacy, Snapchat prohibits web users from taking screenshots of chats or snaps (the app alerts users if someone takes screenshots of their chat or photo). The company also created a “privacy screen” to hide the Snapchat window if users click away.