Snatch Messaging App Takes Back Sent Messages, Highlights the Need for More Coding Education


As more young adults explore the world of coding, new apps are being developed to cater to some of our most pressing issues. Jordan Shelby, a student at Michigan State University, is one of the individuals who has capitalized on the opportunity to make something of his coding knowledge.

Insert Snatch, a new group messaging app that allows text messages to be retrieved after they've been sent.

Shelby was able to create the app after spending $20 on an online course and learning what he could about coding. He noted that, although he started the development process last spring, he wasn't able to complete Snatch until Jan. 29 of this year. He told the MSU State News that the process was trying, but he learned a lot along the way. After spending "all day, mornings and nights" on his computer, Shelby completed Snatch.

Additionally, his sister Briana helped him along the way. Shelby's sister, who is a graphic design major, was able to assist him with aspects of Snatch such as pictures. 

Today, Shelby is able to track who's using Snatch, and he's surprised by the overwhelming success of the app. He claims that individuals from the UK to South America are downloading Snatch, which is making all of his efforts worth it.

At the moment, Snatch is only available for iOS. Shelby says he'll need to learn the coding for Android before he can release it on the platform. 

Today, there are several programs available for young adults who want to learn coding, and devices are being created to get children interested in it before they get to college. For example, Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering recently made headlines on April 18 when it announced the development of a robot called Root. The device uses a tablet interface, color sensors, bumpers and a touch surface to promote digital literacy in children.

However, educational facilities are not the only promoters of coding and digital education. A total of 27 governors recently came together this month to urge Congress to teach coding and programming in K-12 schools. Leaders from businesses, including Facebook, Apple and Target also voiced their advocacy to the government. 

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