Snapchat: “A mobile messaging service that sends a photo or video to someone that lasts only up to 10 seconds before it disappears. During that time, the recipient can take a screen shot, and the sender is notified that it was taken.”
Five years ago, is when I first heard of the word Snapchat. Every time my daughter walked by, she was making funny faces and taking pictures of herself, driving in the car, she was taking selfies, shopping, she was taking selfies it was never ending selfies. She was like the queen of selfies. I finally asked why are you always taking selfies? She answered “Snapchat”. Snap what?
In the beginning of this new-found app, my daughter would tell me she is on day 90 of a snapstreak with her best friend and 30-day streak with another friend. What is that you ask? Don’t worry, I asked the same question:
Snapstreak: Some of your friends or the people you follow might have different emoji next to their Snapchat names in the Chat section of your Snapchat. That means they’re on a streak, or Snapstreak, with you. In other words, you and that friend or friends have snapped each other (not including chat messaging) within 24 hours for more than one consecutive day.
How many of you are avid snap chatters? I have the app downloaded on my phone and take filtered pictures occasionally. I tried to get my daughter to explain this application to me, but it was a hopeless cause. I Googled how to use Snapchat, and this is some of the terminology it gave me:
Snap: When you take a photo or video, or receive a photo or video, it is known as a “snap”. So, when someone asks you to snap them, they are asking you to send them a photo or video through Snapchat, or even a message through the app’s chat function. The Snapchat app itself is also colloquially referred to as “Snap”.
Filter: You can jazz up your snap by adding a fun overlay with a filter. After you take a snap, swipe right or left on the preview screen to add colored filters, the current time, local weather, speed overlays, or geofilters to your photo or video. After taking your snap and applying your first filter, you can press and hold and then swipe to add yet another filter, too.
Lenses: You can make snaps even more fun by adding augmented reality-based special effects and sounds, with a feature called Lenses. To activate lenses, go to the Camera screen in Snapchat, then long-press on your face in the camera view, and lenses should appear in a row next to the capture button. Swipe around to select the lens you want, and then tap the capture button to take a snap with it. Popular lenses include the ‘rainbow puke’ and ‘dog with tongue’.
3D World Lenses: Unlike Lenses, which are primarily applied to your face – or a selfie shot – in real-time, World Lenses affect the environment around you. They appear in the same row as Lenses, but only when your camera is facing outward. You might see one that features your Bitmoji avatar, even. For instance, a current one shows our Bitmoji avatar mixing potions and chemicals while sitting at a desk. This animation is overlaid on the world around us and can be captured and then shared with our friends in a chat or followers via our story. Both Lenses and World Lenses are frequently changed by Snapchat, though popular ones are recurring.
Geofilter: Like filters, you can use a geofilter to decorate snaps. Unlike filters, however, geofilters are specific to your location or an event you’re attending. They encourage other users to share their experiences with friends and followers. On-Demand geofilters may also be designed and purchased by individuals or smaller companies and only become available when a user enters a specified location, such as a wedding or graduation venue.
Chat: This is a messaging feature within Snapchat that lets you directly chat with other users. You can access the Chat section by swiping from left to right on the Camera screen. From here, you can also send Bitmoji stickers, start a live video call, send money, share snaps, and more
This is the social media network of the millennial’s. Facebook is passe, as more and more mom’s and dads are joining this social media network. Teenagers want their own space where they can engage with photos with fun filters that would last for seconds, and telling stories to their friends. Of course, I am still learning Snapchat myself and do have fun sending filtered pictures and get the odd text that I am weird. My niece and nephew saying I beat you at crunching cucumber games or making faces as you are trying to make as many faces as the emoji’s coming up the screen. Swipe left is the friends and swipe right is discoveries. I am still trying to master.
Do you snap?
These are some of the references I used:
Instagram: Snap what?https://bit.ly/1JVLyzi