As if you need one more app or social media handle to attend to, but I don’t care, because I have one for you. Snapchat. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking Snapchat is for teenagers and for creeps to send sexy pics to people they want to be lovers with, but are more likely to have the police called on them. Well, at least that’s what I thought…until now! Don’t get me wrong, you can send sexy pics all you want, but know that nothing disappears forever and anything can be easily kept foreveeeeeer. Fair warning. Now let’s get to why I love Snapchat and why you should get on it right now.
I was encouraged by my sister Andrea and my Aussie best friend, Deanna, to get on Snapchat stat, but for two entirely different reasons. Deanna wanted me on it so we can share funny videos and cry laugh from opposite sides of the planet and Andrea wanted me on it so I can see more adorable photos and videos of my niece and nephew without having them all over Facebook or Instagram. So I did what any good follower would naturally do and I hopped right on the bandwagon! I’m that easy folks. Granted, Snapchat is a little trickier to handle at first, it’s because it has so many freaking awesome features to it. You can share photos, videos, you can play with hilarious filters, you can video chat on the spot, message on the spot, you can manipulate and draw on photos, you can save your photos/videos, you can share with just one friend, a few friends or all of your friends…I’m telling you, this app has it all and SO much more. Now, allow me to break down why Snapchat is more that just a fun photo taking app. PS. I’m themidsis on Snapchat…come find me!!!! Michelle is miesch4 and Nicole is bigmamapearl.
Ok, here we go!
Look at my kids! Don’t want to oversaturate your Facebook with photos of your cute kid? Looking to keep your little kids off social media for the time being but want a fun way to show your loved ones mini milestones? This is your outlet. My sister posts the sweetest videos (which she is able to save) of her kids being goofy, running around the house, her 2.5 year old getting a pedicure, her little dude growling like Godzilla, you name it. It’s the perfect spot to post this and have people see it, smile and go on with their day.
Look at my company and its awesome products! Talk about an excellent way to market something you or your business are up to these days. This is the perfect place for me to show some yoga stuff here and there and encourage my friends to get to class and have some fun on the mat. If you’re a baker, CEO, fashion designer, founder of a non-profit organization, travel writer, whatever – Snapchat can be a solid way to capture an audience and share your company’s mission and message.
The filters. You need to see them to believe them because they are freaking hilarious and oh so much fun. And I am telling you – kids LOVE them. From a little puppy to a Botox filter (you read that right) to a rainbow barfing wide eyed maniac to a friendly viking…there are so many outstanding filters to have a blast with. Tip: to get said filters, have the camera on your face and put your index finger on your cute mug and the filters will pop of below. Enjoy!
Here I am with a new nose and the smoothest forehead known to man. My forehead is almost as smooth as Nicole’s on Botox!
To share or not to share…that is the question. The beauty of Snapchap is its sharing options. You can share a photo/video with one friend, several friends or you can share it on “My Story” – which will share with anyone who follows you (you get to decide who can or can’t follow you). Now pay attention. My Story photos/videos will last 24 hours and will then be deleted as time passes. It’s like a slide show. Photos you share with your friends can last from one to ten seconds (you decide) and will disappear. However, they have the option to replay or rewatch. Giving opportunity for anything to be saved. Keep in mind – anything can be saved with a quick screen shot, so if you’re thinking of sending that nipple shot to a potential make out partner, I would think long and hard about that. If it’s a trusted spouse or lover, then what’s the harm in spicing things up a little bit.
MY STORY. This is one of my favorite features of Snapchat and this is where families, bloggers, and business people can really capture their audience. Think of it as “a day in the life of…well, yourself”. My Story allows you to capture anything and everything from a delicious smoothie, singing happy birthday to a nephew, showing off the ginormous line at airport security, your cute pup, the beautiful ocean your sailing on, a shopping experience, a cooking tip, you name it. Anything goes. It’s a fun way to be in touch with people and not oversaturate. Plus it’s like a slideshow, so it’s quick, easy and fun. Just like me in high school! Kidding!
I love sharing good wines I come across. This one is from Portugal and it is magical.
No pressure. Unlike Instagram, you don’t have too much pressure for your photo to be perfect or even utterly beautiful. Naturally many may be, but it’s ok to just post fun, funny, easy going things that make you smile or maybe piss you off. I love this about Snapchat – you snap and you post. Just like that.
Why did I share that? It’s okay, don’t panic. You can easily delete it. Just pull up the lower tab on the photo in My Story and there is a little trash can in the upper right hand corner – sayonara! And if you didn’t save it ahead of time, there is also a little arrow pointing down next to the trash can, now you have it forever!
Let’s video chat! If you are messaging a friend and the little camera turns blue…that means you two can instantly video chat. If you have loved ones in faraway lands, this is huge! Just another reason why Snapchat and its features are badass.
Swipe to the left. I have no idea what that does on the Tinder App, but if you take a photo or video and then swipe to the left, you will find even more filters to play with! You’ll have some sepia and black and white filters as well as the option to speed up or slow down a video. The possibilities on Snapchat are endless!!!
Now, doesn’t Snapchat sound like a blast and for so many reasons? You, your company, your kids…everyone will love it. Takes some playing around with to get used to, but it’s worth it, so much fun and can be good for biz, ya hear! Now get on it and let’s Snapchat!
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