November 19, 2013
Snapchat, call back Mark Zuckerberg. Now.
Posted by Usha Rodrigues

Readers, you know I'm not technologically savvy.  The first I heard of Snapchat was last week when its 23-year old founder Evan Spiegel rejected a Facebook acquisition offer of almost $3 billionSnapchat, for you old fogeys out there, allows users to send messages and pictures that disappear after a few minutes.  I can see the use in that.  Of course, the company has no revenue as of yet.  Then came word of a "snapchat sexting scandal."  Ah, I thought, some clever computer programmer has found away around the self-destruct feature. 

Then I read on.

Montreal police arrested 10 teenage boys Thursday on child-porn charges for passing around pictures of girls ages 13 to 15 in sexual poses or performing sexual acts. The boys allegedly coaxed their female friends into posing for the pictures and sending them using SnapChat.

The girls thought the pictures would vanish within seconds. Instead, the boys found ways to get around the time limit. Those can include taking screen shots of the phone, finding hidden files on the device or taking a picture of the phone with another phone.

That's right.  Screen shots, or plain old taking a picture of the screen.

So let's get this straight.  No revenue.  Supposedly transitory feature easily evaded even by the likes of me.  No-revenue or low-revenue businesses getting sky-high valuations (I'm looking at you, Pinterest).  It's beginning to look a lot like 1999. 

If I was Evan Speigel's mom, I'd be smacking him upside the head right about now.

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