1. Evilguppy's Avatar
    What the hell is it, why do all my friends keep urging me to get it, why is it supposedly so flippin cool?
    I'm even noticing a Snapchat add right here on imore on the right side of my screen, lol.
    So what is Snapchat and why do I want it?

    ... Yes, I'm an old broad and my kids taught me how to turn on a computer and text. LOL.
    09-06-2016 10:32 AM
  2. John Yester's Avatar
    Snapchat is a photo- and video-messaging app. It launched in 2011.


    Snapchat is unique in that all photos and videos only last a brief amount of time before they disappear forever, making the app ephemeral in nature, though you can take a screenshot of snaps to save them in picture form. As of May 2014, the app's users were sending 700 million snaps a day.


    Due to the instant popularity of Snapchat, Facebook reportedly offered to acquire Snapchat for $3 billion. One of the app's cofounders declined the cash offer however. Facebook later launched a similar app (Slingshot), which failed.
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    09-06-2016 10:52 AM
  3. metllicamilitia's Avatar
    Snapchat can also send text messaging, also allowing only for a single view. You can also create stories, which is a collection of photos/videos that stay viewable to your followers for 24 hours until they disappear. This is the longest anything will remain on Snapchat, unless you save your own snaps to memories and/or the camera roll. Yes you may screenshot what others have snapped, however this will also notify the other person that you have taken a screenshot of their snap. Due to the nature of Snapchat's disappearing posts, it did not take long for it to have "adult" tendencies.
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    09-06-2016 12:00 PM
  4. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    It's a millennial thing. Aside from what has been said here, it has the worst and most cluttered UI in the history of third-party apps. I had friends urging me to get on board and when I did I deleted my account in 2 days. At least on Instagram I can follow some cool accounts that post some awesome pictures. On Snapchat, the popular accounts just post a ton of stuff I'm not interested in.
    09-06-2016 12:37 PM
  5. Evilguppy's Avatar
    Thanks guys, then it's official: I do not need snapchat, lol.
    09-06-2016 12:41 PM
  6. willows3's Avatar
    Lol! It's just a fun way to show your family and friends what you're doing throughout the day. They only stay on your feed for 24 hours and then disappear . Which is cool so you can be as pointless, and silly as you like. A cool feature I love is how you can shot all day with pictures and videos and then save them at the end of the day so it's this one long video. Long view vid but still lol. Great for birthdays and trips !
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    09-07-2016 05:10 PM
  7. Ralph Morgotch's Avatar
    Snapchat is fun, has some famous people news, etc and is actually a pretty good messenger if anything else. The special effects are cool. I have taken a pic of Keanu Reeves, and face swapped it to me (because friends say I look like him) and you can freak them out making a vid as any celebrity you want lol.

    Let's just say it's the opposite of "boring" and people usually get BORED too easily, but to avert this, they change some of the facial special effects everyday.
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    09-07-2016 05:38 PM
  8. Wybrem's Avatar
    Snapchat is for teenagers imo. I really don't see the point of it other than it wasting your time.
    09-13-2016 05:41 AM
  9. robertk328's Avatar
    Snapchat is for teenagers imo. I really don't see the point of it other than it wasting your time.
    Kind of like any social media.

    I know lots of adults that use it, just for sharing pictures, etc., back and forth. But the teens i know use it constantly even just to chat, taking pictures of the floor just so they can send notes back and forth. Now that I don't get.
    09-13-2016 06:00 AM
  10. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    I have it, and can honestly say that I have found it the most difficult app to use! To me it's non-intuitive and annoying! I've become that kind of Aunt.... Begging for help every time I see my nephews, who to date, have been wonderfully patient! I've been tempted to delete it, but refuse because I feel if I would give up, lose the ability to keep up with ever changing technology!
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    09-13-2016 06:11 AM
  11. Evilguppy's Avatar
    I have it, and can honestly say that I have found it the most difficult app to use! To me it's non-intuitive and annoying! I've become that kind of Aunt.... Begging for help every time I see my nephews, who to date, have been wonderfully patient! I've been tempted to delete it, but refuse because I feel if I would give up, lose the ability to keep up with ever changing technology!
    To be honest I'm very happy with iMessage, lol: I must be a vanilla texter

    I also use Kik Messenger to chat with online friends, I like it because it uses a screen name instead of your phone number so it's completely private.
    09-13-2016 10:32 AM
  12. DarlaMack's Avatar
    What the hell is it, why do all my friends keep urging me to get it, why is it supposedly so flippin cool?
    I'm even noticing a Snapchat add right here on imore on the right side of my screen, lol.
    So what is Snapchat and why do I want it?

    ... Yes, I'm an old broad and my kids taught me how to turn on a computer and text. LOL.
    LOL Omg this cracked me up because I'm in the same boat!!!! Lol I'm big on social media but I actually have to sit next to one of the kids so then can school me on Snappychat.
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    09-13-2016 10:42 AM
  13. Annie_i6s's Avatar
    To be honest I'm very happy with iMessage, lol: I must be a vanilla texter

    I also use Kik Messenger to chat with online friends, I like it because it uses a screen name instead of your phone number so it's completely private.
    I think iMessage works great. Initially, I downloaded Snapchat because I work at a University, and thought that posting stories about an ongoing event might draw more attendance. Since most college kids use Snapchat regularly, it's a good way to get their attention. Now I just need to continue to try and figure it out!!!!
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    09-13-2016 10:54 AM
  14. eve6er69's Avatar
    For a quick video or funny vine type video it's awesome. I use it all the time. Especially with the people at work. Also it's great for having a picture convo. If that makes sense. Haha

    I hated it at first but I've grown to really like it. You just have to have good snapchat friends.
    09-13-2016 05:50 PM
  15. Shanicenicolle's Avatar
    I use it for video calls with my my mom lol
    09-17-2016 09:30 AM
  16. Ralph Morgotch's Avatar
    Snapchat is for teenagers imo. I really don't see the point of it other than it wasting your time.
    There was a time when only teenagers played video games and now even seniors homes use them to keep their minds sharp and stimulate neutral activity. A lot of games have ratings for adults only, not talking about Mario either.

    Times have changed
    09-17-2016 10:57 AM
  17. Bayzero's Avatar
    Anyway I once used it for few hours and I never gets back on it, never knew it does video call... Buy if Snapchat has a video call, then its cool and may be I will go back to it.
    09-20-2016 04:59 PM
  18. Jacob_LMay's Avatar
    You aren't that old. However, Snapchat is the thing everyone is using these days. Did you finally get it going?
    09-22-2016 12:39 AM
  19. mousebrat2006's Avatar
    A good chunk of people don't, so you're in good company. It seems to be in the same vein as WhatsApp users or any other random, popular messaging service out there. I love it for the insight I get into friend's lives, but others use it to communicate exclusively. I think I may be on the older end of this millenial thing.
    10-19-2016 06:22 PM
  20. ICraig's Avatar
    Its more popular in the teen and young adult demographic. It's just an exciting and innovative picture "sharing" app.
    I say download it if you often share things with friends or family in the form of pictures. Otherwise, you'll be fine without it.
    10-22-2016 07:56 PM
  21. eyecrispy's Avatar
    I tried it for about 15 minutes. Was checking it out to see if i should let my daughter have an account. Nope. Not comfortable with other having ability to send her inappropriate things that disappear in a short while. Also, the UI is horrible and not at all intuitive. She was sad but she will live.
    10-22-2016 08:59 PM
  22. Ralph Morgotch's Avatar
    I tried it for about 15 minutes. Was checking it out to see if i should let my daughter have an account. Nope. Not comfortable with other having ability to send her inappropriate things that disappear in a short while. Also, the UI is horrible and not at all intuitive. She was sad but she will live.
    Ah BBM even does that too, where you can set them to disappear, it actually saves on cookies and cache, but regardless people generally just add their friends on there, it is not about non-friends like Twitter is. It's more about messaging with friends, not strangers.

    That said, people use it to also follow singers and celebs because you can get stuff they post before any media or news sees it. I like how they give some news and global events in Snapchat but they do it in a fun way. I bet if it wasn't for SC most younger peeps wouldn't even know there was an election on.
    10-24-2016 03:55 AM
  23. Ralph Morgotch's Avatar
    I think iMessage works great. Initially, I downloaded Snapchat because I work at a University, and thought that posting stories about an ongoing event might draw more attendance. Since most college kids use Snapchat regularly, it's a good way to get their attention. Now I just need to continue to try and figure it out!!!!
    You should have seen how confusing the old version was! I gave up after 10 minutes, I couldn't navigate. The new one is cool, so simple yet fun. Sorry but most people would say iMessage is BORING! Hey that's just the world we live in now . You can do so much more in SC and notice now how Whatsapp is trying to be more like SC and we can out stickers on pics, draw on the screen, etc.
    10-24-2016 03:59 AM

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