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Google Apps, Snapchat Suffer Major Outage, Recover

The long-lasting outage boosted up encrypted instant messaging app Telegram’s user base by 3 million people overnight

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Snapchat in a Smartphone. IANS

Google apps like YouTube, Gmail and Nest along with photo-messaging app Snapchat and other web services suffered major outages across the US and some parts of Europe.

The root cause of the outage was traced back to issues with Google’s Cloud service that powers other apps along with the search engine giant’s own web services, The Verge reported on Sunday,

The company, whose Cloud solutions are used by other apps like Discord, Snapchat and Shopify, blamed that “high levels of network congestion in the eastern US”, for the issues.

“We will conduct a post mortem and make appropriate improvements to our systems to prevent this from happening it again. We sincerely apologise to those who were impacted by today’s (Sunday) issues,” the report quoted a Google spokesperson as saying.

The outage started at around 3 p.m. on Sunday and the company took over four hours to resolve it.

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The YouTube Music app is displayed on a mobile phone in Los Angeles. VOA

YouTube suffered an hour and a half long outage earlier this year.

In March, Facebook and its family of apps recorded the longest outage ever that lasted for 12 hours worldwide.

The social networking giant blamed on a server configuration change that kept over one billion users from logging into their accounts, sharing posts on its networks including Instagram.

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The Facebook outage also did not allow people to refresh any feeds or post new files using the social media giant’s family of apps.

The long-lasting outage boosted up encrypted instant messaging app Telegram’s user base by 3 million people overnight. (IANS)

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Love is Central to Friendship on Snapchat in India

The friendship approach, however, is changing for the youngest generations however

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Love is central to friendship on Snapchat in India and the country is among few that hosts large friend groups on the photo-messaging app, the company said on Tuesday.

On average, Indians have about six best friends, while the UK ranks the lowest with just nearly two or three best friends per person. On the other hand, Saudi Arabians have an average of 6.6 score on the larger friend-circle index, revealed a Snapchat survey.

According to the survey, whether in person or online, interactions with friends leave Indians with overwhelmingly positive emotions.

“Loved” (55 per cent in person versus 43 per cent online), “happy” (48 per cent in person versus 46 per cent online) and “supported” (43 per cent in person versus 36 per cent online) are the three most reported.

A third of Indians said their best friend is the opposite sex — more than any other country outside of the US.

While 63 per cent Indians consider “honesty” an important trait to have in a friend, 47 per cent value virtues like “humour” and “lightheartedness”.

“While friendship may be different across regions and age groups, it plays a universally central role in our happiness and we are committed to finding new ways to celebrate and elevate it through Snapchat,” said Amy Moussavi, Snap Inc. Head of Consumer Insights.

Out of nearly 186 million global users, Snapchat has over 11 million users in India. Snapchat is bullish on India and has released a beta version of its iPhone app with support for eight new languages, five of which are Indian languages.

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Snapchat lets users report bullying or offensive content on its platform by pressing and holding on the Snap, and then tapping the flag button. Pixabay

The company made its first product push for the India market in November last year, by launching a localized version of its content discovery platform Discover.

Interestingly, not only do people in India have more friends overall, they also want more, with 45 per cent of respondents indicating they would like to expand their social circle.

In the survey, Amit Desai, a lecturer of anthropology at the London School of Economics, suggested that the approach to friendship differs from ‘the East’ to ‘the West.’

In many Asian countries, including India, “friendship is more relational and focuses on seeking out an array of new and different friends who bring alternative but complementary qualities to the relationship”.

To explore how culture, age, and technology shapes preferences and attitudes related to friendship, Snapchat conducted a global survey of 10,000 people across India, Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and the US.

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The friendship approach, however, is changing for the youngest generations however.

“Gen Z is starting to turn away from such large friendship circles, with the lowest average (5.2) compared to Gen X having the most (7.5),” said the survey.

Gen Z are also half as likely as Gen Y to consider friends having a large social group they can tap into, to be an important trait. (IANS)