Snapchat Messaging, LinkedIn for Doctors and Print your Heirlooms | This Week in Social Media

Snapchat makes video chatting a snap

Snapchat is finally living up to the “chat” part of its name. The company announced this week that it would be adding video messaging that disappears (much like photos) and live chatting. The history of messages in these chats will also disappear once the users leave the conversation.

What’s up doc?

You probably haven’t ever been on Doximity, but there is a pretty good chance your physician has and is. Think of it as a LinkedIn for doctors. In fact, there may be as many 4 in 10 doctors using the site. Doximity isn’t just about networking, it allows users to message and share notes that can benefit patients. The importance doesn’t seem lost on investors either. Doximity announced this week it raised $54 million in a Series C round from T. Rowe Price and Draper Fisher Jurvetson and could soon be worth $1 billion.

Print out grandma’s jewelry or dad’s pocketwatch

Technology is a wonderful thing. It can help us look forward – and backwards. Take, for example, a company in New York City jewelry called American Pearl that now offers a service using 3D printing to replicate jewelry – just using a photograph. While 3D printing assists in some of the work, the rest of it must still be done by hand. Pricing will vary too, depending on the material and gemstones. However, the company’s president says they can work with any quality photograph and even portraits. This means that you could, theoretically, have copies of long-lost heirlooms from your parents, grandparents, or even great-grandparents. Science!