SnapWHAT PART 2: Getting started. Don’t panic.
First, you need to download the app to your smartphone and create your account, each of which is easy enough.
To find friends, allow the little ghost to meander through your contacts. In person, use a Smartphone to scan the snapcode of the open Snapchat on another’s Smartphone. Snapcodes are also available via contact information on personal websites and even those old print things called business cards. You can even add people nearby or follow others’ friends. Before you know it, you will gather a circle of friends and can easily share randomness throughout the day. And for now, at least, your Mom is still not on Snapchat. She’s over there Liking every single thing you even think on Facebook.
Just like any social media platform, you will feel awkward and slightly schizophrenic until you grow your community. Where GenX “networks”, Millennials “build communities” and Snapchat finds its genesis in the latter. The fact that you must communicate in pictures (and maybe a few words) will contain the need to pour your heart out to the world. Nobody’s got time for that on Snapchat. You will also stop wasting time framing the perfect picture like on Instagram. Your gallery is going to be gone in 24 hours anyway.
So now what?
Get used to the screen and how to use it. Watch a video about this, which is more efficient that accidental discovery when you just start touching the screen.
A few points to consider:
- Don’t overthink this. Be wary of content for what you want to make viewable to others, but don’t be overly concerned with the quality of the shot. As someone explained to me, “I don’t post GOOD pictures. I post FUNNY pictures.”
- You can take videos or photos. For videos, hold down the shutter button (that circle on the bottom of the screen). For a photo, just tap the button.
- You cannot import video or photos. That’s not the point. This is all as fresh and organic as Whole Foods. What’s happening right now.
- You can set a time for how long somebody can see your snap with a maximum of 10 seconds. Then unlike the many rumors in the world, the picture does not disappear into the ether. If your friend’s Snap is only up for 10 seconds and you want to see the glorious thing again, just go to your friend’s Story and watch it. You can do that as many times as you’d like until 24 hours has passed. Just know that your friend will know you have watched it 100 times and will probably question you about your hobbies.
- Anybody can take screen shots, so something you post CAN last forever. However, you will be notified how many screenshots have been taken of your snap.
This is a great video if you learn better by seeing somebody else do it.
See? You got this. See more with the next blog…
See you again soon!