Snapchat’s Memories and the Rise of the Visual-First Internet

Snapchat makes a clear statement that will continue to ring true as AI technologies improve social platforms: “The Internet is now a visual-first world, and we’re ready for it.”

Earlier this month, Snapchat introduced its new Memories feature, which allows users to save snaps and stories for future review and use. For a social platform that became popular for spontaneous, non-curated experiences, this move is surprising, with critics going so far as to claim that the change has now “ruined” Snapchat.