Even if you don’t have the Snapchat app, there’s a good chance you are familiar with that little white ghost. Ironically, Snapchat is a social media platform that requires little to no hiding at all. Unlike Instagram or even Facebook, Snapchat is a way to relay your everyday goings on with #nofilter. There is no faking it. If a joke isn’t funny, it’s not funny; it’s distinctly authentic. It’s not so much about documenting routinely boring parts of your life, but rather displaying funk, humor, and relating to those around you. Do it right and Snapchat is fun, plus it allows you to avoid the whole anxiety headache that is picking a filter. If you don’t have the app, I suggest you snap out of it and join in.
1. Don’t Overthink It Shoot and snap. Never take things too seriously. After all, it’s just social media. Snapchat was designed to be spontaneous, so keep your story natural, but entertaining.
2. Stop the Selfies As good as you may look today, no one needs a continuous play-by-play of selfies from you throughout the day.
3. Check Yourself Before you check your love interest’s story, remember she or he can click on the little eye symbol beside each Snapchat upload – meaning they know you’re checking them out.
4. Variety is the Spice of Life Videos are more interesting to watch, but variety is key. One snap of the gorgeous sunset is enough.
5. Keep it Real Often times people tend to create an alternative persona through social media, but that’s not what Snapchat is for. Keep it organic and ‘you’.
6. Better Safe than Sorry Beware the dreaded screenshot. Be mindful of what you post--Would you be okay with your boss seeing it?
7. Timing is Everything There is a time and a place for everything. Some moments are meant for real life. Put down your phone and take it all in once in a while.
8. Short, Sweet, and to the point Even if you’re young Johnny Depp, I do not want to watch your entire 120 second Snapchat story.
9. Seeing Sights Keeping in touch is hard. Not only is it nice to receive a photo or video from a friend you haven’t seen in a while who is living in another place, it’s also amazing to share photos of where you live as a means of keeping in touch. I’ll post a photo of a crazy advertisement you could only find in New York, and a fortunate friend in Paris will post her view of the Eiffel tower.
10. Social media means fans for everyone A couple of weeks ago an account named ‘mariahslove4eve’ requested to be my Snapchat friend. I accepted the offer and was soon sour with regret as I began receiving dark, blurry photos with captions such as “I got a 102 fever call me, Mariah!!”. Thankfully, the blocking option stops users of your choice from sending you content. Safe to say, I learned my lesson.