www.Snapchat.com is a video messaging application created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown Poster when they were students at Stanford University.
Snapchat allows users can take photos, record videos, add a filter, “Lens”, text, or sketch overlay, and send them to a controlled list of recipients. These sent photographs and videos are known as “Snaps”. Users set a time limit for how long recipients can view their Snaps (as of September 2015, the range is from 1 to 10 seconds), after which Snapchat claims they will be deleted from the company’s servers.
Young people (me included) use Snapchat for a few important reasons:
Very easy: Friction of taking a snap and sending it to your core friend group is very low, nothing else really comes close to this (except maybe YikYak). Also looking through all your snapchats is not very time consuming.
Little judgment: With snaps, you don’t have to take the time to make sure that it’s a great photo or polished in any sense since you know people will only look at it for a few seconds, and all of these people are relatively close friends. This contributes to the low friction of sending a snap, both cognitively and technologically.
Share (and show off) moments: When something good, funny, embarrassing, or ridiculous happens to someone and they to tell all their friends about it, www.Snapchat.com is usually the go-to because you can also easily share a picture to your friends.
Connectedness: You feel more connected to your friends because you get photo updates of their lives throughout the day.
People often compare Snapchat to Instagram, but the two have pretty distinct use cases.
Instagram is more for more polished photos and use. Instagram is for choosing the best photos from your day or week and publishing them to your friends. Teenagers are generally very thoughtful about their Instagram posts and mull over the filter/caption for hours on end (seriously). People use it generally to see what your broader group of friends is up to, who they’re hanging out it with, etc.
To use www.snapchat.com, follow the following procedures
1. Download and install the app. You can’t create a Snapchat account from a computer. You’ll need the Snapchat app to create an account and use the service. You can download the Snapchat app for free from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. www.Snapchat.com accounts are free. Download Snapchat for Android
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2. Tap “Sign Up” after launching the app. This will take you through the account creation process.
3. Enter your account details. You’ll be asked to enter your email address, birthday, and to create a password. Make sure the email address is valid, as you’ll need it if you ever want to reset your password. You’ll also need to be at least 13 years old to create your account.
4. Create a username. You’ll need to create a unique username that will be displayed to other Snapchat users (Make sure that it doesn’t contain any personal information). You won’t be able to change this username later, so make sure you like the name.
5. Verify your number (optional). Snapchat will ask you to verify your phone number via SMS. Verifying your number allows you to reset your password via text, but is not necessary to create an account.
6. Prove that you’re human. Snapchat will require you to select the correct images before your account is created.
7. Add friends from your phone’s contact list (optional). Snapchat will scan your phone’s address book to look for other people who are using Snapchat. You can skip this if you’d like by tapping “Continue” and then “Not Allow.”
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