In today’s digital world, if someone hasn’t heard about Snapchat or Twitter, then that person can be considered to be living under a rock. These two platforms are widely used across the globe and both have some differences and similarities. Here are the differences.
- 1 Plateform
- 2 Content
- 3 Daily Users
- 4 Life of Shared Data
- 5 Form of Communication
- 6 Public or Private?
- 7 User Base
- 8 Age Group
- 9 Searching for People
- 10 Camera
- 11 Blocking People
Twitter is an online social media platform whereas Snapchat is a messaging app.
Twitter is the first place where news is broken, several protests unfold, users can comment on the ongoing sports or TV shows and also voice their opinions about the things that happen far away from the country they live in! Twitter is more about sharing serious stuff across the globe, such as news.
Snapchat is more intimate and fun. The app was developed to connect people with their friends. If you want to tell your friends what you are doing, you just have to send them a “Snap” or share a photo/video via “Stories”.
As of February 2019, Twitter has about 126 million daily active users and Snapchat has about 186 million daily active users which are 48% more than that of the former.
A tweet lasts forever on Twitter (until the user deletes it). A person can view the tweets in the order they are posted. The newer ones are displayed on the top and push the older ones down.
Now comes the most unique feature of Snapchat, which is “self-destruction”. The age of snap is 24hrs, after which it vanishes. This makes the users post snaps or stories without hesitance as it ensures that their digital data is not going to online permanently.
Form of Communication
On Twitter, the emphasis is made on the text. It is known as a micro-blogging platform. Formerly, the characters limit was 140, but it was stifling, hence now the characters limit is 280.
Snapchat, on the other hand, is all about photos and visual content. The photos/videos sent on to specific people on Snapchat are called snaps and those sent to everyone in the contact list are called “stories”.
Public or Private?
Twitter is public by default and makes users ponder over the stuff they want to post. Twitter is an open chatroom for the whole world where anyone can interact with the person they wish to (unless the particular person has their account to private).
Snapchat was designed to be private. It works a lot like the way humans communicate face to face. For e.g., you see a friend, wish her “Good morning” and leave for the office and then the moment disappears. This is exactly how Snapchat works as it defies the norms of the internet to document everything digitally.
You can get to almost everything that is going on in the world on Twitter; on Snapchat you can get to know anything going on in the life of your friends.
Twitter’s user base is a lot smaller than Snapchat
The users of Twitter are of the same age or older than those using Snapchat. This is because Snapchat appeals more to the younger age group.
Searching for People
Twitter is about following and Snapchat is about friending. To search for someone on Twitter one has to type that particular person’s username in the search box. For searching a person on Snapchat, one can simply scan through the contact list, search the username or use the snapcode.
Snapstreak exists! Twitter-streak? No.
People are forced to send their friend/friends snaps in a 24 hr window in order to maintain the snapstreak and If they don’t the snapstreak plummets to zero. This keeps the users engaged; also, these snapstreaks are fun! The fire emoji besides a snapstreak indicates the two friend have consecutively snapped each other. Twitter doesn’t have twitter streaks or anything of that sort where people could tweet to each other in a 24 hours window.
Now, let’s take a look at the similarities between these two platforms.
From 2019, Twitter has also introduced a camera interface in the app, the effect of which makes the images or videos shared resemble snapchat stories.
Even though Twitter is a public platform by default users can set the account to private, to share their opinions/posts with their friends only. Snapchat is also a private app.
Users can share pictures, videos, links, GIFs or text on both the platforms.
Group chat of Snapchat
Group chat of Twitter
Both Twitter and Snapchat have a group chat room feature where users can chat privately with the group members.
Blocking people on Snapchat
Blocking people on Twitter
The number of bullies on Twitter are numerous! The trend can be seen in Snapchat also. But one can block these trolls easily on both the networks.