You’ll be forgiven if you’ve carefully ignored all talk about Snapchat, the latest, popular social media messaging platform. After all, how can you keep track? If Google, one of the most powerful companies in the world, couldn’t make their Google+ network a success, why bother?
Snapchat is different. In fact, it now has more users than Twitter, which has been one of the top social media networks for nearly a decade. Snapchat is here to stay. Fortunately, it’s not hard to jump on board. Here’s how you can get started:
- Download and Select a User Name – The downloading part is easy – it’s just like any other app you add to your smart phone. As for a user name, make sure it’s one you like because you can’t change it.
- Adjust Settings – Tap the ghost at the top of the screen, and then the icon in the top-right corner that looks like a gear. This is where you establish your personal settings. Not sure on a few? Don’t worry – you can come back later and update them.
- Learn Your Options – The basic terms are Snaps, which are pictures or videos, Stories, which are groups of Snaps, and Snap Score, which is some kind of algorithmic number of your Snaps, Stories, and so on. Other key features include Discover, Snapstreak, Replay, and Screenshot. They’re fairly intuitive, so you can play around with them after you have the basic functionality down.
- How To Use Snapchat – The app includes three screens – your camera feed of your Snaps, your Snapchat feed, and your Stories. The fun part occurs after you take a snap. You can draw on your pic, add emojis or stickers, shift lenses, apply filters, and more. New features include audio and video calls. You’re essentially making yourself look strange, and yet it’s fun.
How and why you choose to use Snapchat is up to you. But once you get started, it’s hard to ignore. Snapchat won’t help you close business deals or participate in in-depth discussions, but it might add a little extra flavor to your day.
Are you using Snapchat? What are some of your favorite features?