Snapchat rolls out group video chat and @ mentions (about time, too)

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Up to 16 people can now take part in group video chats on the app, with up to 32 people joining in voice calls. Find your friends in the search bar and select "Chat" to start the group conversation. "To tag a friend in your post, type the "@" symbol and write the username of the person you want to tag.

The social media platform said the aim of the move was to make the Chat section of the app "more fun".

Snapchat is having a bad time for a few months now. Allowing you to annoy everyone on the bus or in the office when you forget your headphones and jump into a video call with 15 of your closest friends.

While Snapchat had supported single video calls and group chats for a while, for some reason, the firm had failed to implement the twain together even after rivals like WhatsApp and Skype quickly caught up.

Of course, there are other apps with multiple, simultaneous chats, but not as many as 16.

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The tagging of friends in ephemeral 24-hour snaps is something already available on Instagram Stories, marking a reversal of flow that generally saw Facebook's Instagram lifting Snapchat features.

Custom geofilters: Geofilters are a location-based tool that allows Snapchat users to share where they are, or what they're up to, by adding overlay text and images to a Snap.

Instagram, owned by Facebook, has been a relentless Borg-like foe to Snapchat, assimilating its best features and threatening its business survival. Of course, this being Snapchat, you'll also have access to the wide array of lenses the app offers. What do you think of these new features?

Map Explore also gives users updates for other "moments" like breaking news, events and trends. This should make it a (ahem) snap to tag the right person.

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