How to get to Snapping
Snapchat can be picked up in one day. It’s simple and you learn 80% of it’s features when you first launch the app. And most millennials understand the concept of social media because they have been using it all of their lives. So they can get the hang of it within a couple of minutes. Although this can be a problem for the older generation, that missed the hype-train of Myspace, Facebook, and Instagram. But Snapchat is so simple that more than likely it wouldn’t take the older crowd no longer than a couple of hours to get use to it.
It’s really that simple to get into! That is one thing that I love about this app is that it never over complicate anything. To sign up all you will need to do is give your name, email address, and phone number. After that, you will be sent a sms code to your cellphone which you will need to confirm and just like that you’re in. It’s unusually simple no profile picture, bio, or any other information is needed from you.
After you sign up, which shouldn’t take no more than two minutes, you’re taken to your home screen which is your camera. This is how all of your snaps will be took and sent to your friends for as long as you use the app. Snapchat falls out of the circle of visual cues and small notes that is normally given via: other social media apps. Everything is simply learnt the only visual cues that is given: is one telling you to swipe right to skip a story, swipe left to replay, and swipe down to exit. After that there isn’t any more forms of visual cues, this is when everything is learned by experience and tinkering.
All photos and videos taken of you can be shared through your friends and followers privately or publicly. These videos or photos will leave your page no longer than a day. To takes pictures a simple click on the broadcast button ,and for videos hold the broadcast button (the videos can’t be no longer than 15 seconds).
These snaps can be sent to your friends privately and will be seen for a short period of time before it deletes itself (of course if your friend doesn’t screenshot it). Every Snapchat have something they call stories ,and these stories can be skipped or you can exit it. And if you liked a certain Snapchat story you can replay it as many times as you are pleased before they are deleted. This has been stated before but its important to know that at least 7 billion “snaps” are viewed, and even more viewed more than once, a day so buyer beware.
The photos or videos that you send can have filters. These filters are unlike Twitter or Instagrams filters; they are actually interactive and animated filters that tracks your face. These filters can create some funny gags or enhance a regular average everyday video or photo. These filters can also tell a story without you saying much like a filter with your current location in a cool image box. The filters can bring a personality to your snaps and make it as your own.
Security and Privacy
S*xting is what originally led Snapchat to it’s fame. But not saying this still doesn’t happen often it has decreased. While this can be considered good, it also bring some cons. Don’t get me wrong; I’m happy that s*xting on Snapchat is decreasing but there is a good reason behind it.
Recently Snapchat has gained some scrutiny, this controversy comes from reports of the Snapchat team viewing for signs of terrorism. This recent news led most millennials, because they are a huge percent of the s*xters, to tone down what they display. Depending on your views of the current status of terrorism spreading through social media, this can bring a sigh of relief to some or bring anxiety to others. Relief for those knowing that certain targeted people on the FBI’s “Watchlist” Snaps are being reviewed in case of terrorist information, but anxiety for those that don’t know if they are on the list or not.
Privacy can also be breached by hackers, because, Snapchat don’t delete most of the data we don’t see. But we should know by now that on the internet nothing is truly private, so if you plan on sexting or being a terrorist don’t do it on Snapchat.