You’ve probably already heard that millennials are all over Snapchat. It was ranked the third most popular social app among millennials, trailing only Facebook and Instagram.

I’m not a millennial—by any stretch of the imagination—but I started using Snapchat a few days ago to send photos and videos to friends, and now I’m quickly becoming a fan.

Snapchat is unique in that all photos and videos only last a brief amount of time before they disappear. Many are attracted to the ephemeral appeal of the network. To date, the app’s users send more than 700 million photos/videos per day. Incredible!

So far, what I like most about it is that it’s forgiving. Unlike blog, Instagram and Facebook photos that often look quite good, if not perfect, Snapchat photos can just be whatever the moment provides. Lighting is bad? Who cares?  Videos are short, messy and imperfect, but they’re also refreshingly authentic.  Snapchat is a fun way to stay in touch with friends and share/snap interesting moments of time. And, it’s also kind of nice to use a social network that treats content as disposable.

What do you think of Snapchat? Have you tried it?

I’ve included my little Snap ghost. Apparently, if you take a photo of it in Snapchat, it will take you directly to my profile. Technology…it’s moving soooo fast!  I’m still getting a hang of Snapchat so I haven’t snapped much, but if you want to follow me, my username is ptworldcitizen.

2 thoughts on “I’m on Snapchat!

  1. Haven’t indulged in Snapchat myself but my teenage son has been a participant for months and months. Love the concept, that’s for sure. I like your description “social network that treats content as disposable”… I agree.

    1. I’m not sure if Snapchat will survive and last as long Facebook and Instagram, but for now it’s a fun way to stay connected with friends. Also, I find it provides a space to explore the use video and social media in general—especially for those, like me, who are not that savvy with its use!

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