What is Snapchat and How to Get Started with Snapchat?
Snapchat is the exciting and the alive social media platform ever. Founded by Evan Spiegel in Stanford University, it was designed so that anything you post lasts only for a short time before it is gone. This ephemeral nature of the app was designed to create a more natural flow of interaction between users. While you can always go back to all your posts in the Memories section of the app, others can only see the latest ones that would eventually be inaccessible to others. You can set the time for how long you want to keep a post up; it can range anywhere from 2 minutes to 24 hours.
This essentially changed the way we look at Social media. On all other social media, all your friends or followers have access to all your posts, photos, and statuses for an eternity. Snapchat Changed that. It changed our communication online. Now, with Snapchat, you can send embarrassing pictures of yourself with rainbow-puking AR lenses to your friend, and after they open it, it'll go forever. If you want to keep it, you have to take a screenshot.
How to Use Snapchat
2. Camera Screen: The moment you open Snapchat, you will see everything captured by your camera. This is Camera screen. There will be a capture button at the bottom, with access to the Memories section, Chat Screen and Stories Screen. You can also access your profile, search screen and switch-camera to either or front or back, depending on what you need.
3. Taking a photo or video: tap the capture for a photo, or hold it down for a video. You will see an option to save it to Memories/your Camera roll, add it to a story, or send it to a friend or group. But wait, no Snapchat is complete without decorating the snap with texts, stickers, doodles, filters, lenses, etc. Then you adjust the time it can be viewed from a few seconds to unlimited.
4. Snap Map: an exciting feature that happened when you pinch the screen inwards as if zooming out of a map, to see the Snapmap. Over here, you will also see your Bitmoji avatar, if your Bitmoji account is linked, on a live map. You can also enter ghost mode and become invisible. You can follow any user who is not in ghost mode, and their avatars will show where they are on the map in real time.
5. Stories: You can upload multiple photos and videos as a story. This was perhaps the most famous creation of Snapchat, so much so that rivals Instagram had to incorporate it into their app as well. It can serve you stories from around the globe, like a Formula 1 race happening in Singapore.
6. Discoveries: When you swipe from left to right on the Camera Screen, we access the Discoveries screen. It is here that all your friends’ snaps are broadcasted in a reel that plays for a maximum of 24 hours. The more recent updates are on the top with Stories at the bottom. Tap a friend’s name to begin seeing their story, and then tap on the individual snaps within the reel to skip forward.
7. Chat: While you are seeing someone’s snap in a story, you can just swipe up from that snap to send a chat to that person.
Snapchat currently has 186 million active daily users, so get on board this fleeting social media app and start snapping now.