Snapchat is making it easier to find content with new universal search tool

snapchat
dennizn/123RF
At long last, Snapchat is updating the tool that continues to confuse or put off users of its service. We’re talking about its search mechanism, which — for most — remains scattered in various sections of the app.

Users that struggle with the discovery process on Snapchat should welcome the launch of a universal search bar. We’ve all read about all the weird and wonderful snaps and stories being uploaded to Snapchat by its 150 million users — not to mention its devoted celeb fanbase — but some users simply can’t seem to find it. That is why the web is littered with articles on Snapchat celebrity usernames and “how-to” guides on adding new users.

Starting on Thursday, Snapchat will put an end to its search debacle by launching a universal search bar that puts all of its awesome content at your fingertips, reports TechCrunch. Well, kind of, anyway. The move will see Snapchat ditch its variety of search bars for one all-encompassing search tool.

snapchat universal search
via TechCrunch

At launch, the search bar is rolling out to select users on Android, with plans to make it available to all iOS and Android users soon. To access the tool, all you have to do is tap the new Bitmoji icon on the top left of the display. This will automatically take you to your own profile screen where you can jump into quick chats with friends and groups. Each of your contacts will be assigned their own card — tapping and holding someone’s profile card will let you view their mini profile. Story thumbnails will also be accessible, allowing you to watch a friend’s recent Story. The search bar itself will allow you to find accounts, daily editions of Discover media channels, and specific Our Stories (essentially a group Story made up of snaps from multiple users at the same event).

Although the app still lacks an Explore or curated trends section like its counterparts Twitter and Instagram, the universal search bar will at least make the act of discovery a bit easier. However, that does mean you will still have to do a bit of research in order to find random users you wish to follow. For now, Snapchat is intent on making you work for the good stuff.

Additionally, the app is expanding its Our Story feature to allow users to submit snaps from any place at any time. Snapchat will then curate the content based on submission trends.

The updates are arriving in the wake of its rival Instagram’s move to monetize its own Stories feature with ads. It’s easy to see Snapchat’s new search bar appealing to brands and businesses that want to make it easier for users to connect with them on the app. There will certainly be a lot of pressure on Snapchat’s parent company Snap to offer more discovery and curation tools — two factors that many view as a crippling setback to its adoption rate among users outside of its main, young millennial demographic — as its expected IPO approaches.

Computing

Microsoft could split up search and Cortana in the next Windows 10 release

In the latest Insider preview build, Microsoft is exploring ways to split up Cortana and search on Windows 10. If Microsoft moves ahead with this change, we could see separate search and Cortana options in the Spring 2019 Update.
Gaming

Have a spooky dance party at an abandoned mansion with Fortnite's new challenges

The Fortnite season 7, week 2 challenges have arrived in Battle Royale. From searching for chests to dancing off at an abandoned mansion, here's how to do them and the rewards you get for completing them.
Computing

No more wild goose chase: ‘Duck.com’ now leads to DuckDuckGo instead of Google

DuckDuckGo recently acquired a shorter domain name from fellow search engine competitor Google. As a result, longtime and new DuckDuckGo users can now access the privacy-focused search engine by going to duck.com.
Deals

The best air fryer deals you can still snag before Christmas

Christmas is closing in on us fast, but you still have a little bit of time left for last-minute kitchen gifts. We've searched the depths of Amazon and Walmart to bring you the best air fryer deals going on right now.
Social Media

This event topped Facebook’s biggest moments of the year — again

As the year comes to a close, Facebook is looking back on what users discussed most over the last year. For two years in a row, International Women's Day topped the list. So what else is on the list?
Social Media

This band owns Twitter, according to list of top accounts and tweets for 2018

What was the biggest buzz on Twitter in 2018? Twitter's 2018 Year in Review highlights the biggest tweets, accounts, and hashtags. The most-tweeted celebrities, movies, TV shows, athletes, politicians and more in Twitter's 2018 trends.
Social Media

What do yodeling and Kylie Jenner have in common? YouTube’s top 2018 videos

In a true nod to the variety found on YouTube, the platform's top 10 list of videos from 2018 range from celebrities to sports, from perfectly tossing a picture frame on the wall to a kid yodeling in aisle 12 at Walmart.
Home Theater

It took Tom Cruise to raise awareness of this troublesome TV setting

Tom Cruise, in an unexpected PSA tweet, asks you to turn off motion interpolation on your TV, but stops short of how to do it. Here's more on the topic, along with links to a guide on how to rid your TV of the dreaded "soap opera effect."
Computing

Make a GIF of your favorite YouTube video with these great tools

Making a GIF from a YouTube video is easier today than ever, but choosing the right tool for the job isn't always so simple. In this guide, we'll teach you how to make a GIF from a YouTube video with our two favorite online tools.
Business

Amazon scouted airport locations for its cashier-free Amazon Go stores

Representatives of Amazon Go checkout-free retail stores connected with officials at Los Angeles and San Jose airports in June to discuss the possibility of cashier-free grab-and-go locations in busy terminals.
Social Media

Snapchat facial recognition could soon power a new portrait mode, code suggests

Digging into Snapchat's code suggests a handful of upcoming camera features, including a portrait mode. The feature appears to use facial recognition A.I. to blur the background. The code also suggests an updated camera interface.
Computing

Google+ continues to sink with a second massive data breach. Abandon ship now

Google+ was scheduled to shut its doors in August 2019, but the second security breach in only a few months has caused the company to move its plan forward a few months. It might be a good idea to delete your account sooner than later.
Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Social Media

‘YouTube Rewind 2018’ is about to become its most disliked video ever

YouTube is about to achieve a record it really doesn't want — that of "most-disliked video." Yes, its annual recap of featuring popular YouTubers has gone down really badly this year.