Group photo app adds new twist to Snapchat’s disappearing act

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Pikichat could be the next Snapchat. The idea behind the new photo app is ingeniously straightforward: Simply take a picture and then share it among a group of family members or friends. Like Snapchat, the picture will only stay up for a limited amount of time, but unlike Snapchat it will remain there until it is replaced by a new image.

Every time a person sends a new photo, it replaces the existing one. Group conversations take the form of the most recent photo added, with everyone possessing the ability to draw on the photo or add comments.

It’s a neat concept, and one that’s just simple and fun enough that I can definitely see it catching on among younger iPhone users. This is the audience among whom Snapchat is most popular, and they’re constantly looking for the latest social network or communication app to jump aboard — making Pikichat a potentially massive winner, since there are more than 400 million Snapchat messages received every day.

The story behind the app is pretty interesting, too, since it was coded by two French developers who put the whole thing together in just one week of intense work.

Pikichat can be downloaded for free from the App Store, for iOS devices running iOS 7.0 and above. Give it a go, and drop us your thoughts in the below comments box.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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