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Snapchat’s Dancing Hot Dog is Making a Comeback to Encourage Voter Participation

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Snapchat’s continuing its drive to encourage more people to vote by bringing back its popular ‘Dancing Hot Dog’ AR effect, this time in election-themed clothing and bearing a key awareness message.

Snapchat Dancing Hotdog

As reported by The Verge:

The character is set to return for Election Day on November 3rd, dressed in an Uncle Sam-style outfit twirling a sign calling on users to find their polling location. If a user clicks the sign, they’re linked to Snap’s Before You Vote tool that helps users find their polling locations and learn about the issues and candidates on their ballots.”

As noted, the push is part of Snapchat’s broader election awareness initiative, which it says has already resulted in encouraging more than 1.24 million users to register for the poll. 

The Dancing Hot Dog became an icon in itself back in 2017, even spawning its own product line available in Snap’s store.

Snapchat Dancing Hotdog merch

But since then, the Dancing Hot Dog has fallen on hard times, feeling the pinch of fleeting fame, and the hangover of viral popularity.

But now it’s back – and with Snap looking to get more young voters to the poll, it could play a part in boosting participation, and ensuring more Americans have their say.

Snap users can also use its ‘I Voted’ sticker to promote participation, along with sharing dancing foodstuff within the app. 

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New Screenshots Highlight How Snapchat’s Coming ‘Family Center’ Will Work

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New Screenshots Highlight How Snapchat's Coming 'Family Center' Will Work

Snapchat’s parental control options look close to launch, with new screenshots based on back-end code showing how Snap’s coming ‘Family Center’ will look in the app.

As you can see in these images, shared by app intelligence company Watchful (via TechCrunch), the Family Center will enable parents to see who their child is engaging with in the app, along with who they’ve added, who they’re following, etc.

That could provide a new level of assurance for parents – though it could also be problematic for Snap, which has become a key resource for more private, intimate connection, with its anti-public posting ethos, and disappearing messages, helping to cement its place as an alternative to other social apps.

That’s really how Snap has embedded its niche. While other apps are about broadcasting your life to the wider world, Snap is about connecting with a small group of friends, where you can share your more private, secret thoughts, without concern of them living on forever, and coming back to bite you at a later stage.

That also, of course, means that more questionable, dangerous communications are happening in the app. Various reports have investigated how Snap is used for sending lewd messages, and arranging hook-ups, while drug dealers reportedly now use Snap to organize meet-ups and sales.

Which, of course, is why parents will be keen to get more insight into such, but I can’t imagine Snap users will be so welcoming of an intrusive tool in this respect.

But if parents know that it exists, they may have to, and that could be problematic for Snap. Teen users will need to accept their parents’ invitation to enable Family Center monitoring, but you can see how this could become an issue for many younger users in the app.

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Still, the protective benefits may well be worth it, with random hook-ups and other engagements posing significant risks. And with kids as young as 13 able to create a Snapchat account, there are many vulnerable youngsters engaging in the app.

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But it could reduce Snap’s appeal, as more parents become aware of the tool.

Snapchat hasn’t provided any further insight into the new Family Center, or when it will be released, but it looks close to launch based on these images.  

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