I’ve always liked trying out new social sites. I still remember all the days and nights I enjoyed chatting on Collegeclub, and the beginnings of MySpace and also Hi5. Who would have thought today of what a success that Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have become??? And now, here is Snapchat. It’s been out since September of 2011, but it’s taken me almost 6 years to even get curious enough to download this mobile app.
Snapchat is basically a social app used to send videos and photo messages that disappear after a short amount of time – only 24 hours. You can send these messages to everyone on your friends-list, a chosen few, or download them and keep them private for yourself. I can easily see why teenagers would love using this app, and why older folks would easily get confused by it. Shoot, I still don’t know the ins and outs of all Snapchat’s features yet. I have already accidentally sent some people that I follow – including Michelle Obama, a rather silly photo or two that I didn’t mean for them to ever, ever see. So, I try now to be extra careful when maneuvering through the screens whenever using it.
In my opinion, this app is one of the best things to fool around with when you are bored. When you have nothing else to do, and I mean absolutely nothing else to do, (for example when you have no lives left in Candy Crush) then you can spend your time taking silly pictures or perhaps a video of yourself and/or anyone around you, and then you decide to either download them or send them to anyone on your snapchat friends-list. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve opened this app just to find out what kind of new filters or lenses that they have that might be interesting enough for me to want to use. Some days I’ll play with them all, and other days I scroll through and won’t use any.
I can’t complain much about this app. It pretty much allows you the ability to broadcast what you want, to whomever you want. If you want everything that you post private, then you can do so. And for any public posts, after a day – they are completely gone. Any content that you see on Snapchat for the most part, are from people that you follow. No more endless scrolling through tons of needless posts like on Facebook. If you want to see what a friend of yours has shared for that day, just click on their name. If not, it’s your option to keep it moving.
There are different social media platforms for every kind of personality. If your photogenic, and love capturing your life through a lens, then I am sure you won’t have any problem adapting to Snapchat.
Do you have this app? Let me know in the comments.. Oh, and by the way, follow me on Snapchat too – @tenille_lynn!