You can also customize your own Snapcode by adding graphics or text inside the white ghost, but any changes to the yellow background or black dots will make the code unscannable.Popular dance music DJ Steve Aoki will be one of the first celebrities to take advantage of the new vector Snaptags.Without them, the only way to follow someone was to manually type in their username.
QR codes were originally invented by Denso Wave in 1994 to track cars being built on Japanese assembly lines.
They caught on in Japan around 2002 in the pre-smartphone era when camera phones began to come with the ability to read the codes.
Leaked emails from the Sony hack revealed Snapchat quietly acquired a QR code startup called late last year, and now we know why.
Yesterday alongside Discover, Snapchat launched a new feature called Snaptags that creates a unique QR code for every Snapchat user.
With Scan.me’s help, Snapchat devised the Snapcodes and launched them in January.
Since then, people have started screenshotting theirs and using it as their Twitter profile picture, adding it to the blogs, and posting about it on social networks to convert their other audiences into Snapchat followers.
When the app comes up in conversation, its common to see people whip out their Snapcodes and demand friends scan them so they can get more views for their Snapchat Stories.
Now, Snapchat will let you download a vector version of your Snapcode that can be enlarged to any size while staying sharp and scannable.
Snapchat recommending people to follow like Facebook and Twitter do would go against its “this is your app, not ours” philosophy.
Still, when you actively want to follow someone on Snapchat, making that easier could fill your app with fun content and make the app an even bigger platform for potent personalities.
You often needed a special QR code reader app which might fail to recognize the little robot tattoos on the first try.