Snapchat for Dummies

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We meet today to officially inaugurate my new “advice” section which will bring together all my little articles aimed at helping you better understand the world of blogging, its tools, its flagship applications… I started almost a year ago with My little Instagram secrets that you liked a lot ( Updated last November ) followed by some tips for creating your blog on WordPress . For 2016, I decided to make this kind of article more regular in order to share with you all that I have been able to learn in 4 years of blogging and help you in your daily life. Today, I target an application: Snapchat. We hear a lot about it but I decided to give you my vision of this app, what you can do with it, how it works and everything… Whether you are already a Snapchat follower or you don’t you’ve never set foot, there will always be a couple of things to learn. So, ready to snap?

Snapchat – Kesako?

As Wikipedia tells us very well (I am proud of my sources and so) , Snapchat is a photo and video sharing application for mobiles and tablets on IOS or Android created in September 2011. What mainly differentiates Snapchat from other networks of this type like Instagram, it is the time limit that one grants to his media. The initial principle is to allow the recipient to watch the photo or video only for a limited time(ten seconds maximum) . Once the photo or video has been viewed, the files are irretrievably destroyed (possibility of replay just after closing but limited number of replays). The media sent, whether photo or video, is called a “snap”. I sent you a snap therefore simply means that I sent you a photo or video on Snapchat.

This application is now mainly used by teenagers who are very present there to share just about anything and everything, but also increasingly used by personalities and obviously by bloggers. The latter can share the “backstages” of their life almost instantaneously. Instagram was initially the snapshot network but little by little, especially on the blogging side, everything became more calculated to have a nice flow and to control your image. Snapchat has therefore arrived at the right time to fill this lack of snapshots and make spontaneity possible on social networks!

The fun little thing also on Snapchat are all the effects integrated into the application. In addition to being able to add a little text or draw a little heart on your lover, you can also specify how many km away you are (very funny when taking off by plane), or how fast you are or even play the video at upside down, send it in accelerated mode or on the contrary slowed down or finally apply other really funny effects such as a monster for Halloween or a cute little cat at the moment. Frankly, Snapchat really helps to pass the time!

And what is a story?

But if bloggers and personalities are more and more present there, they mainly use a feature that I haven’t told you about yet: the story . The initial principle of snaps is to send a photo or a video of x seconds to a person or several defined people. But if you want everyone to be able to see your snaps, that’s also possible if you add them to your story. You are therefore not obliged to add all the recipients because all the people who follow you can access your latest snaps. Another change compared to classic snaps, they are visible several times by the recipient (or the one who follows you)within 24 hours. After 24 hours, everything disappears immediately. So if you connect to my Snapchat today Thursday January 28 at 7 p.m., you will be able to access all the snaps I have been able to publish since yesterday Wednesday January 27 at 7 p.m. It’s easy as pie after all, isn’t it?

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What do we do there?

There are, in my opinion, two main ways of using Snapchat:

  • the “personal” mode between friends: send a funny photo of Julie who put on two different socks this morning to her friends or a photo of her son making a face at her husband. The idea is not to clutter our phone with photos but rather to capture the moment and share it immediately in ephemeral mode to make someone laugh or send a little thought to someone.
  • the “public” mode used mainly by bloggers and personalities who want to share as many things as possible with their “fans” or “followers” ​​or “readers” or others by adding all of their snaps to their story.

To illustrate this “public” mode, I will speak for myself and describe my use of Snapchat and what you can find on my snaps. For the little anecdote, I’ve created my profile on Snapchat since last August but it’s already been months since all my girlfriends were there without me seeing any use for it. It often takes me a little time to decide whether or not to go on this kind of new network, I prefer to watch from afar, see how I could use it, see the repercussions of each other… In short, I don’t don’t like throwing myself into something like that without knowing why. Except that last summer, I moved into my new apartment and I was bombarded with various and varied questions during my installation and the decoration phases. I realized very quickly that unless you literally “rot” your Instagram feed, I could not show you the evolution of the installation on Insta.

So I had to find another way to do it and Snapchat seemed like the most logical mode. I could in two or three videos show you around the apartment, tell you an anecdote at Ikea or show you my struggles to assemble a piece of furniture. Very quickly, you welcomed my arrival on this new network very well and pointed out to me several times that it gave me a more “human” side, a little less gentle of course, but more natural, more lively and certainly less naive. . In short, the test was conclusive, Snapchat had a new follower! I could in two or three videos show you around the apartment, tell you an anecdote at Ikea or show you my struggles to assemble a piece of furniture. Very quickly, you welcomed my arrival on this new network very well and pointed out to me several times that it gave me a more “human” side, a little less gentle of course, but more natural, more lively and certainly less naive.

In short, the test was conclusive, Snapchat had a new follower! I could in two or three videos show you around the apartment, tell you an anecdote at Ikea or show you my struggles to assemble a piece of furniture. Very quickly, you welcomed my arrival on this new network very well and pointed out to me several times that it gave me a more “human” side, a little less gentle of course, but more natural, more lively and certainly less naive. . In short, the test was conclusive, Snapchat had a new follower!

Afterwards, I therefore continued to use Snapchat and you were able to meet Luna (my little cat) there.from his first month when there was no question of adoption. I then told you about my setbacks to get it and you could watch it take its marks in the apartment. In September and then in November, I took great pleasure in sharing my trips to Greece and Norway on Snapchat. It was much more real, much more concrete and you told me that you literally traveled with me! I showed you as much as possible so that you could really realize what I was going through and not just look at it frozen in a photo. Since then, Snapchat has really been part of my daily life and even if I’m more active on it some days than others, I try to go there every day for at least a few seconds to say hello to you, show you the back decor when I take my photos, confide in you a little, answer your messages as well as possible, share my haul shopping with you or of course show you again and again Luna, your favorite mascot.

In short, clearly, you can follow behind the scenes of blogging thanks to Snapchat. And you asked me how I managed to walk while doing Snaps… So, first of all, I have absolutely nothing to do with other people’s eyes, I’m really in my bubble with you when I Snap and that excites me. doesn’t matter if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so that’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you. So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself! share with you my haul shopping or of course show you again and again Luna, your favorite mascot. In short, clearly, you can follow behind the scenes of blogging thanks to Snapchat. And you asked me how I managed to walk while doing Snaps… So, first of all, I have absolutely nothing to do with other people’s eyes, I’m really in my bubble with you when I Snap and that excites me. doesn’t matter if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so it’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you. So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself! share with you my haul shopping or of course show you again and again Luna, your favorite mascot. In short, clearly, you can follow behind the scenes of blogging thanks to Snapchat. And you asked me how I managed to walk while doing Snaps… So, first of all, I have absolutely nothing to do with other people’s eyes, I’m really in my bubble with you when I Snap and that excites me. doesn’t matter if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so that’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you. So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself! you can follow behind the scenes blogging through Snapchat. And you asked me how I managed to walk while doing Snaps… So, first of all, I have absolutely nothing to do with other people’s eyes, I’m really in my bubble with you when I Snap and that excites me. doesn’t matter if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so that’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you.

So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself! you can follow behind the scenes blogging through Snapchat. And you asked me how I managed to walk while doing Snaps… So, first of all, I have absolutely nothing to do with other people’s eyes, I’m really in my bubble with you when I Snap and that excites me. doesn’t matter if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so it’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you. So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself! I’m really in my bubble with you when I snap and I don’t care if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so it’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you. So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself! I’m really in my bubble with you when I snap and I don’t care if people think I’m talking alone. I do it a lot while walking because I very rarely stay in place so that’s one of the times when I have time to talk to you. So here it is, a bit of self-mockery, we still look ahead and around us so that no one scrutinizes the phone too much and it happens all by itself!

3 – How does it work?

The arrival on the application is a bit disconcerting, I confess to having asked my little sister several times to explain to me because I did not find it very logical. There are no clearly explicit buttons, it is always a question of sliding the page from right to left or from top to bottom to change “mode”. This is done very quickly instinctively but the first clicks are destabilizing and we are looking for our bearings quite a bit. The visual codes are totally different from those of the networks that we usually frequent, but it is nevertheless very simple. Here are some printed screens explained to understand how to use the application:

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The black screen is the first screen seen when installing Snapchat. It allows you to know who added us or on the contrary add friends by putting their username, their Snapcode e (just flash the yellow ghost of your friend to add it) or find them thanks to Facebook or its directory. By clicking on the tab at the top right, you will access the app settings and this is where you can modify your personal information (username, password, date of birth, etc.) but also choose to be able to receive snaps or not from all or grant public visibility to their story. It all depends on what you’re on Snapchat for!

The nuance to be understood to be comfortable with Snapchat is that then everything happens by simple “swipes”. From the yellow ghost, scroll down the screen to access the screen that allows you to make a snap (visual 3). It is from this screen that you will take your photo (click in the center), your video (click maintained in the center) and that you will add text or a drawing. Once the photo is taken, the effects are added by sliding from right to left. A black and white filter, a fast forward… Do the test!

So I was telling you that everything happened by simple “swipe”, that’s why I placed the black screen for taking a snap in the center. Everything starts from it and then, if you want to access the other screens, you swipe right or left. On the right, you will find the “stories” screen from which you can consult your story as well as that of the people you follow. If you switch back to the right, you will arrive on the advertising screen which relays “big chains”. It’s the useless screen😉

Finally, if you swipe the screen to the left, you will arrive on the messages screen where the different snaps and/or messages that have been sent to you directly are grouped together. In purple, these are the videos, in red, the photos and in blue the texts. The small criticism that I have to make to Snapchat at this level is that the snaps that are directly intended for us are not differentiated from those that the person has chosen to send to his 10 Snapchat friends. This is a bit of a problem for me on a daily basis because I receive a lot of snaps dedicated only to me but also a lot where I am not the main recipient.

And it’s not that I’m not interested but suddenly the snaps dedicated to me get lost in this flow and I have a little trouble reading them all… So girls, be cool, don’t send me your face when you wake up with the good morning that you send to all your friends… Choose the messages or the little photo dedicated to me. I think I’m going to have to close my snaps at certain times to be able to open them at other specific time slots and be sure to be able to answer you from elsewhere. Last screen on the far left(the first of the line) , the message in question. Is it more clear or not?

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The little info that is useless but can be placed at a dinner with friends:  Finally, know that Snapchat was designed and developed by students at Stanford University in California. Do you realize that if California wasn’t on this planet, we wouldn’t have our MacBook, we wouldn’t have our iPhone or anything Apple and we wouldn’t have Snapchat? It does make you think though…