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Snap Inc, the parent company of picture messaging app Snapchat, went public earlier this month

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NEW YORK, March 26, 2017: Although Snap’s stock price was a bit down this week, Snapchat is the top searched app on the iOS App Store, a media report said.

According to a report in Forbes magazine, Snapchat led all competitors in App Store search volume and as a result, Snapchat was also the app people were looking for most frequently.

Snap Inc, the parent company of picture messaging app Snapchat, went public earlier this month. The young company, founded in 2012, posted a $515 million loss last year.

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According to Snapchat, 158 million people use the service each day and create 2.5 billion “snaps” between them.

Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram was placed on the second spot, while social media giant Facebook’s mobile app took the third rank.

Google’s video platform YouTube is on the fourth spot. Teen—focused messaging startup Kik is fifth, and micro—blogging website Twitter is sixth on the list, the report said. (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)