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Snapchat will shut down its peer-to-peer payment service Snapcash on August 30

Snapcash being used for a different purpose than intended, shutting down August 30, 2018
Snapcash being used for a different purpose than intended
Introduced back in November 2014 as the result of Snapchat's collaboration with Square, Snapcash ended up as a payment service mainly used for trading adult-oriented content online, far from the initial goal of allowing friends and family members to quickly transfer money while using Snapchat.

When it comes to web-based services, many of them end up being used for sharing adult content or paying for it sooner or later, straying as far as possible from their intended purpose. Unfortunately for Snapchat, its peer-to-peer payments service Snapcash ended up precisely in this position and will be discontinued at the end of next month.

Indian teenager Ishan Agarwal recently discovered a deprecation message in the Snapchat app for Android that says "Snapcash will no longer be available after %s [date]" and makes it clear that the service will be going down. Contacted by TechCrunch, the company also confirmed the date: "Yes, we’re discontinuing the Snapcash feature as of August 30, 2018. Snapcash was our first product created in partnership with another company – Square. We’re thankful for all the Snapchatters who used Snapcash for the last four years and for Square’s partnership!"

With Snapcash gone, Snapchat is expected to add a visual product similar to Google Lens that is currently known as "Eagle" and will scan various objects and deliver relevant results from Amazon. However, although the Amazon references that were spotted in the code of Snapchat's app were apparently removed, remains to see what happens in the coming months.

Are you a Snapchat user? Have you ever used it? Do you think there is still room for them in today's crowded social networking landscape? Let us know in the comments.  

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-07-23 (Update: 2018-07-23)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.