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Introduction to SnapChat

What is Snapchat?

Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users share photographs and short video clips (called snaps) which completely disappear once they have been viewed. That is to say, you can’t revisit a post that has been shared with you once you have viewed it as it will have disappeared. Public posts can be revisited for a short time. Public posts are posts that are shared with all a users followers. They cannot be viewed by anyone else but their followers.

How Does It Work?

All you need to join up is your name, an e-mail address and your birth date. To invite people to follow you on Snapchat you would share what is known as a “Snapcode” which is a unique QR code specific to each user. On receipt of this code a recipient would scan the code with their phone to become a follower and connect with the sender.

On Snapchat, photographs are the typical way of communicating with someone or at the very least the start of a conversation. Users share photographs or short video clips and their followers comment in the chat box. This is the start of a private conversation between the two users. Note that although the comment might be made on a public post of the user’s, only the user and the person commenting can actually see the comments/conversations between you.

What Else Can You Do?

There are many tools available within Snapchat to allow you to edit your pictures and videos. Tools that can add text, hide faces or add things to faces to alter their appearance, such as glasses. There are also many apps in the app stores that can also be utilised with Snapchat to make it more entertaining.

Look out for future articles on Snapchat & it’s many uses.

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