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LIVE CHAT replay: Is Snapchat taking over social media?

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There's no question that Facebook has developed an undeniably huge web presence. But these days, you are more likely to find young people on Snapchat.

If you are like some (ahem, older) people out there, you're probably wondering what Snapchat even is. It's a social media app that lets its users share photos and add text or drawings, which are all designed to disappear just seconds after they're sent.

Many people have called Snapchat just a sexting app for teenagers, and it has even been named in child pornography criminal investigations.

But Snapchat is much more than this -- and it's now rivalling Facebook and other social media platforms in popularity.

Just this week, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel announced that it now sees more photos than Facebook -- 400 million a day compared to 350 million. So reports that Facebook recently offered to buy Snapchat in a $3-billion cash deal didn't come as a big surprise.

Live Online host Lauren O'Neil will chatted with our guest experts this week about Snapchat -- how it appears to be turning into "the next big thing" in social media, and what that means for teens and the rest of us:

  • Everette Taylor has researched Snapchat's growth as a writer for and is an expert in marketing, social media and web trends.

  • Kyle O'Meara is a digital forensic examiner for the firm Stroz Friedberg. He, along with colleague Andrea London, studied Snapchat and other social platforms to examine how they store users' data and what information gets left behind.

To join the chat, simply:

  • Click on "Sign In" inside the Spreecast window.

  • You will be prompted to connect with Facebook, Twitter or an email address. Choose one, sign in and follow the prompts to access the chat.

  • To ask the guest a question, click on the "Camera" button. One of our producers will send you a private message before bringing you up live.

  • To ask a text-based question, click "Submit Question," and type it in, or expand the window and join the live chat in the right-hand box.

** Your connection will work best if you have a strong Wi-Fi connection or a direct broadband connection. You'll also need the latest version of Flash installed, a well-lit room and a set of headphones.

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