The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

The Scoop on Snapkits Part 1- Hoop

Since it first topped the charts back in 2011, Snapchat has been the gateway app for teens entering the world of social media. In this two-part series we'll be diving into this multimedia messaging app’s accessories. Snapchat is designed for users to share pictures and messages that are only available for a short period before they become inaccessible to their recipients. As it’s users have evolved over time, so has Snapchat. The creation of Bitmoji, otherwise known as your personal emoji, has paved the way for several app accessories. These use Snapchat as a foundation for extensions such as dating and anonymous question and answer platforms notoriously recognized as Snap kits.

The latest addition to external Snapchat features includes an app designed to target the younger generation and help them “score” in the dating department. Hoop, the “Tinder for teenagers” is known as the app to trade nude pictures. This app includes the signature dating swipe left or right catered to men and women. However, swiping right connects individuals through Snapchat providing your username to the stranger you’ve matched within a 100-mile radius of your location.

Apps like Hoop have thrown stranger danger out the window and invited intruders into the most personal aspects of our lives. Depending on the settings preset in your connected Snapchat account, matches can gain access to information such as your first and last name or location, along with saving your face from your created profile. In a May 18, 2020 update, Hoop removed the ability to have a biography within your profile, making each swipe solely based on looks and not personality or intellectual content and connection. Numerous recent user reports have also indicated the app to be littered with fake accounts and sex-bots. One of the more alarming qualities Hoop has is the inability to set an age preference. This means that adults using the app will have a direct line to matching and sharing explicit content with a child online.

Hoop was designed by two 26-year-old co-founders who created Dazz, an app devised to let users create polls and get anonymous answers from friends. Through studying activity on their starter app a common theme was spread among their users, they always ended up adding one another on Snapchat. This planted the idea for the development of Hoop, the app to make new Snap friends. Within a week of being released, Hoop had over 2.5 million downloads. Using tactics such as limiting the number of swipe rights you can complete, and requiring in-app currency of “diamonds” to reach out to other users allowed Hoop to soar to popularity.

Hoop is not the only addition to Snapchat that has found its way to the top of the charts. In the second part of this series we will discuss YOLO, another accessory piggybacking on the server.

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