App Chat: Being Social Without Leaving a Trace

10:26 minutes

Half of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. now use Snapchat—an ephemeral social network through which users can send disappearing photos to their friends. A bevy of other social networking apps, such as Secret, Whisper, and Yik Yak, leave even fewer digital breadcrumbs, allowing users to share completely anonymous confessions and critiques with friends and nearby users. (In some cases, that anonymity has led to bullying in schools.) Ellis Hamburger, a reporter at the Verge, talks about the ephemeral and anonymous app trend and where social networking may be headed next.

Segment Guests

Ellis Hamburger

Ellis Hamburger is a former reporter for The Verge in New York, New York.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.