Ok, so who all has a Snapchat©?
Okay, so fun poll aside, Snapchat© (for those of you who do not know) is an iPhone and Android app that is like text-messaging with pictures. The only difference is that you can set a time limit on how long the recipient can view the photo.***
***2016 UPDATE*** Okay wow, what a difference almost three years makes. Now Snapchat© allows users the ability to put filters on your face, whether still or animated. This update has caused several things to happen, good and bad.
Many of our generation’ college or high school users have the app “Snapchat©” and go around our respective campuses and homes snapping away, usually looking like fools in the process. As an observer of people who snap in public (I’m going to be using “snap” as a verb for taking selfies, just go with it), I’ve noticed that there are some unwritten rules to the Snapchat© game. This article will helpfully outline the do’s and don’ts of successful snapchatting, and what to do if you’re caught in a bad snap situation.
The Unwritten Rules of Snapchat©
Do: Make the craziest face you can. It’s important to scare the person that you’re snapping as quickly as possible.
Don’t: Duckfaces are illegal in Snapchat© unless, you are, of course, a duck.
Don’t: Snapchat© someone if the two of you are in the same room. How lazy are you?!?!
Do: Snap your buddies. You and your friends should (hopefully) enjoy looking at each other for up to 10 seconds
Don’t: Snap your parents. No.
Do: Snap your food. Everyone NEEDS to know what you’re eating at that moment. Oh wait, sorry, I got that mixed up with Instagram©.
Don’t: Be afraid of that little ghost at the top of the loading screen. It’s not that scary.
Do: Live-snap events. Nothing impresses your friends more than live snapping something they aren’t doing. Especially concerts. In fact, make live snapping only exclusive to concerts. Nothing like missing out on great music while you’ve got your head in your phone!
Do: Snap random strangers. This will only make sure you end up on some bad part of the internet getting scrutinized for eternity. How else will you become famous?
Do: Draw creative things on your snap. The more creative, the better
Don’t: Under-utilize the animated snap features or face filters. Look, we all know face swap is straight from hell, but the puppy filter? Come on, how cute is that! Nothing says, “I’m a dog!” better than posting a saved snap of your face with a puppy’s nose and ears on Instagram© for everyone to see. It’s not like humans were meant to look like dogs or have weird contortions of the face (see: unicorn filter, face squeeze filter, any other live face filter for that matter).
Don’t: Snap with your phone’s sound on. Unless you are at home, keep the sound off. Nothing is more embarrassing than hearing the “CLICK” sound in the middle of class because you were bored of the lecture. Just keep it silent.
Do: Snap in public.* There are lots of fun places that you can be to snap your friend like the mall, park, grocery store, and with those places come props and objects you can use to enhance the humor of the snap.
*This is in place for certain people who give out The Look. Listen, some people don’t fully understand snapping, so for those of you that don’t get it, I understand the strange poses and faces people make at their phones all the time, but hey, I do that too. Just don’t glare at us like we’re some strange species obsessed with our cellphones because we aren’t ok….. Just, give us a break. And for the people who get The Look directed towards you, just keep doing your thing. More than likely, The Looker is just jealous he/she doesn’t have friends to snap.
Don’t: Put yourself in dangerous or life threatening situations to get a funny picture. Believe me, it will cross your mind. Don’t do it. That cliff is better without someone falling off.*
*Unless that dangerous place is a car. Everyone knows it’s ok to snap and drive… it’s not like texting or anything…
Do: Have occasional contests for the funniest snap. Or most creative. It’s a good change-up if the only thing you’re doing is texting with a picture of your sad and boring face.
Do: Take severe advantage of special occasions and holidays. Great snapping opportunities.
Do: Drag random people into your snap with you. It’s always gonna end well for you and be fun for the other person too!*
*Especially if that random person is someone famous. BONUS POINTS for Kanye West
Don’t: Utilize snap-video unless extremely necessary. Because extremely necessary is only when you’re twerking/dabbing/crumping/whatever the cook kids are doing duh. No one should miss that.
Well that’s all I can think of. Hope this small list of Snap etiquette helps you out in the real world. Just remember to be smart about it and have fun!