Evan Thomas Spiegelis an American Internet entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of the mobile app Snapchat, which he created with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown while they were students at Stanford University...
When we're in that kind of childish space, we're more genuine and feel more comfortable with our friends.
Traditional social media, in the view of our company, has become a bit repetitive. It doesn't feel very good to be marketed to by your friends. Snapchat is different because it says, look, friends aren't valuable to you just because they can get you into a cool party.
Somewhere along the way, when we were building social media products, we forgot the reason we like to communicate with our friends is because it's fun.
There is real value in sharing moments that don't live forever.
What Snapchat said was if we try to model conversations as they occur, they're largely ephemeral. We may try to write down and save the really special moments, but by and large, we just try to let everything go. We remember it, but we don't try to save it.
Typing and read receipts make a lot of sense for messaging. You write a letter, you put it in an envelope, you send it to a friend, and you want to know when they get it. It's like FedEx - they let you know when the package gets dropped off.
If I had a ringtone, it would probably be Neil Diamond.
I keep hearing about battery innovation, but it never makes it to my phone.
The intent to preserve and capture something is very different from the urge to share, but they had become intertwined.
I am a young, white, educated male. I got really, really lucky. And life isn't fair.
More people are watching college football on Snapchat than they are on television.
It's important to be thoughtful and mindful about the things you say to other people.
It's not about working harder; it's about working the system.
There's this weird thing that happens when you contribute something to a static profile. You have to worry about how this new content fits in with your online persona that's supposed to be you. It's uncomfortable and unfortunate.
It's no surprise companies that quickly grow in value attract those who may want to also profit from the hard work of others.
Snapchat changed that perception of deleting something as bad. Online, typically you delete something if it's bad or if it's really embarrassing.
Social media is about friending someone so they'll invite you to a party or get you a job. If that's the work, Snapchat is the playground.
People started conceiving of their friends as networking tools, like, 'Friend me so you can be friends with someone else,' or, 'The more people you know, the more networked you are.' But we see real value in having a fun conversation with your friends.
I'd like to create a space for people who have a lot of talent but not a lot of reach.
In the future, we'd like to support upcoming artists, people that are trying to be actors.
The social marketing teams of big companies will always figure out a way to advertise on Snapchat. I'd like to create a space for people who have a lot of talent but not a lot of reach.
We are not advertising ourselves as a secure platform. It's a communication platform. It's not our job to police the world or Snapchat of jerks.
The fun thing about Snapchat is really the surprise and the joy that comes from learning how to use it.
I don't want to disrupt anything. We never conceive of our products as disruptive - we don't look at something and say, 'Let's disrupt that.' It's always about how we can evolve this and make this better.
We believe that the next generation of powerful mobile companies have a deep understanding of the world as a unified whole, where digital and analog experiences affect each other rather than transporting analog experiences into the digital realm.
We've never been anti-permanence. We just belief deletion should be the default.
I feel like I'm finally learning how to use Twitter, and Tweetbot has been a huge part of that. The interface is awesome, and it lets me easily manage two accounts at once.
For Snapchat, the closer we can get to 'I want to talk to you' - that emotion of wanting to see you and then seeing you - the better and better our product and our view of the world will be.
Having been bullied growing up, it's something that's really near and dear to my heart. You probably won't have many friends on Snapchat if you're being a jerk.
I think, with any new product that's difficult to understand, there are always lots of questions and criticism. I think we have all the right criticism. We're just going to keep executing on what we believe.
I text nonstop, and I love emoji. I'm also on the phone quite a bit for work - probably more than 10 calls per day.
We don't want to own people's photos. We want to help them communicate with friends in whatever way makes them happiest.
I snap with my mom. It was a great way for me to see my dog when I was in college. We send selfies, too.
It would be better for everyone if we deleted everything by default and saved the things that are important to us.
Technology businesses in general are susceptible to hacking. That's why you have to work really, really, really hard with law enforcement, with security experts, internal and external groups, to make sure you're paying attention and addressing security concerns.
It seems odd that at the beginning of the Internet, everyone decided everything should stick around forever.
Creating a representation of yourself for the Internet stopped making sense when we were all on phones and connected everywhere.
The feed was probably the biggest innovation in social media of late. But the interesting thing about a feed is that the more content you consume, the farther in time you go.
The essence of conversation is not which media format we choose to talk to each other with, so we don't differentiate between snaps and chats. It's just someone wanting to talk to you.
TheIinternet is a timeless void - you put something in there, and it's there forever and loses a lot of context.