Of course Snapcat is a thing, because of all the reasons

snapchat for cats snapcatThey say that if you’ve thought about something, chances are, it probably already exists on the Internet. And now whoever had the brilliant 4 a.m. idea to make a Snapchat for cats is probably cursing themselves, because Snapcat is so very real.Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 2.45.46 PM

That’s right. It’s an app for cats to take selfies. And if you’re thinking, “my cat is stupid and does not know how to operate a camera phone,” then you are underestimating your cat, good sirs and madams. Cats are not stupid, they just require a different prompt to turn them into narcissists. And that’s why Snapcat’s creators thought outside the (litter) box. The developers who created Snapcat at a Berlin photo hack day came up with a way to entice even the most persnickety pet to pose – a small icon careening around the camera screen. Cats (and, probably, dogs) can’t resist swiping at it, which sets off the photo sensor. There are four icons you can choose from: A mouse, a cat head, a ball of yarn, and a weird little chicken.

Now, Snapcat is a little different than Snapchat because those photos don’t disappear. Once your cat takes its glamour shot it gets shared with the world. So no, this is not a Snapchat for cats exactly, but that play on words is so good we’re excusing the misnomer.

Right now, Snapcat is only available for Android, but if you have an iPhone and you must see the kitty ridiculousness, you can browse it on your desktop if you sign up for EyeEm (the app company where the developers behind Snapcat work).

From the looks of the Snapcat gallery, many preening kittens are getting their social media groove on, but a lot of people aren’t really clear on the whole this-app-is-for-animals thing and are just taking pictures of themselves. And a few renegades let their dogs have a whirl, which resulted in some Screen Shot 2013-06-14 at 3.50.51 PMimpressively blurry photos. And one guy just drew cat whiskers, which I respect.

Get your cat ready for her clawsup. 

We bet it’ll be picture purrrrrfect. 

I think we’ve reached the requisite amount of cat puns this article justified. I’m so sorry, everyone. 

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Product Review

It's not a spy, but you still won't want to friend Facebook's Portal+

Facebook has jumped into the smart home game with the Portal+, a video-calling device featuring an Amazon Alexa speaker and a screen. While it has lots of cool calling features, we’re weary of Facebook taking up counter space in our home.

Our 10 favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.
Product Review

Mediocre battery and a big notch slight Google's otherwise perfect Pixel phone

Google’s Pixel 3 XL has two big flaws: The gigantic notch on the front, and mediocre battery life. That being said, this is the best Android experience you can find in a smartphone today.
Social Media

Facebook opens pop-up stores at Macy’s, but they’re not selling the Portal

Facebook has opened pop-up stores at multiple Macy's, though they're not selling Facebook's new Portal device. Instead, they're showcasing small businesses and brands that are already popular on Facebook and Instagram.
Social Media

Facebook Messenger will soon let you delete sent messages

A feature coming to Facebook Messenger will let you delete a message for up to 10 minutes after you send it. The company promised the feature months ago and this week said it really is on its way ... "soon."
Social Media

Pinterest brings followed content front and center with full-width Pin format

Want to see Pinterest recommendations, or just Pins from followed users? Now Pinners can choose with a Pinterest Following feed update. The secondary feed eliminates recommendation and is (almost) chronological.
Smart Home

Facebook's Alexa-enabled video-calling devices begin shipping

Facebook's Portal devices are video smart speakers with Alexa voice assistants built in that allow you to make calls. The 15-inch Portal+ model features a pivoting camera that follows you around the room as you speak.
Social Media

Vine fans, your favorite video-looping app is coming back as Byte

Vine fans were left disappointed in 2017 when its owner, Twitter, pulled the plug on the video-looping app. But now one of its co-founders has promised that a new version of the app, called Byte, is coming soon.

Social media use increases depression and anxiety, experiment shows

A study has shown for the first time a causal link between social media use and lower rates of well-being. Students who limited their social media usage to 30 minutes a day showed significant decreases in anxiety and fear of missing out.
Social Media

Twitter boss hints that an edit button for tweets may finally be on its way

Twitter has been talking for years about launching an edit button for tweets, but it still hasn't landed. This week, company boss Jack Dorsey addressed the matter again, describing a quick-edit button as "achievable."
Social Media

‘Superwoman’ YouTuber Lilly Singh taking a break for her mental health

Claiming to be "mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted," popular YouTuber Lilly Singh has told her millions of fans she's taking a break from making videos in order to recuperate.
Social Media

Facebook is rolling out a Messenger ‘unsend’ feature, and here’s how to use it

Facebook is starting to roll out a "remove message" feature for its Messenger app. It lets you delete a message in a thread within 10 minutes of sending it, and replaces it with a note telling recipients that it's been removed.
Social Media

Going incognito: Here's how to appear offline on Facebook

How do you make sure your friends and family can't see if you're on Facebook, even if you are? Here, we'll show you how to turn off your active status on three different platforms, so you can browse Facebook without anyone knowing.