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SnapChat 101

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by | Filed Under: Android, Free Downloads, iOS

I recently had a couple of readers ask me about SnapChat. If you aren’t familiar with SnapChat, it’s a very popular app for your smartphone that allows users to send videos, photos, and messages to your friends. It’s designed for use with your mobile phone since it is heavily dependent on the phone’s camera.


A lot of apps allow that, but what sets SnapChat apart is that the messages disappear within a few seconds of your friend looking at them.  While that gives some people a feeling of privacy, the info doesn’t necessarily disappear from SnapChat’s servers immediately, and someone can always take a screenshot of the message.  There was a case in the news recently where someone took a photo of a woman changing in a gym locker room and posted it with a mocking message to SnapChat. One of the friends that received the SnapChat took a screenshot and tipped off the police. The woman who took the image was not only charged with a crime, but she lost her job as a radio personality because of the backlash. So I wouldn’t suggest putting anything on there you aren’t will to live with someone seeing.



Users post their photos or videos to a feed that’s labeled “Stories.” There you can see your friend posts and they can view yours. Users can add fun filters to photos or videos.


Plus there’s the option to caption them and add stickers.


There’s also a chat function.


SnapChat is available for free from the Google Play or Apple App store.

~ Cynthia

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