What is snapchat?
Snapchat, or disappearing photos – this multimedia messenger has been valued at over three billion dollars. The application has been breaking popularity records around the world for three years. What made it currently used by over 100 million users? What is Snapchat and why do we use it so willingly? Where is the phenomenon of disappearing photos hidden?
Snapchat is an online messenger that appeared on our market about three years ago. Today, it is used by 100 million users, although there are many more inactive accounts. According to statistics, every day Internet users send about 700 million films and photos among themselves. This application is not complicated. The program enables quick and easy exchange of multimedia files. The whole has been further enriched by the possibility of text and video communication, however, these options have appeared quite recently. You might think that there are many messengers like Snapchat on the Internet. The application, however, is distinguished by a small element – automatic deletion of content sent between users. It seems that something like this is wrong. However, it is worth considering that the creator of the popular social networking site Facebook, himself, proposed the creators of Snapchat three million dollars for buying the rights to the application. Messenger also has the ability to publish Stories – short videos or a set of photos shared on the general forum or only a selected person.
Free and easy to use Snapchat
Installation of the program is child’s play. Android and iOS users can download Snapchat from official store platforms. Unfortunately, users with Windows Phone cannot download the messenger. Some time ago, an unofficial snap-application appeared, but due to the large number of leaking photos, the creators of Snapchat are fighting hard against any copying and imitation of their program. Today, nothing is known about whether the messenger will be available on Windows Phone.
After installing the application, it is necessary to create an individual Snapchat account. This is also easy – just enter your email address, date of birth and telephone number. Only those who are at least 13 years old can use the messenger. Then choose a username that will be visible to our friends (strangers also) and a password. The first launch of Snapchat involves verification of the contacts saved in our phone – the program automatically searches and adds to the list of our friends contacts that also use it. Of course, we can also add them manually, although there is much more work to do.
Snapchat seems to be simple in every way. The small number of functionalities means that both younger and older can handle the program. After starting the application, a camera module is displayed. In the upper left corner of the screen we can turn on or off the flash, in the right switch between the front and rear camera, in the lower right corner go to the message list, and in the left to the contact list. Undoubtedly, everyone can master Snapchat’s actions. The most extensive element of the program is of course the camera module. The large, round shutter located at the very bottom of the screen allows us to take a picture (short press) or record a movie (long press). Both movies and photos can be decorated and embellished in any way – draw on it with different colors, add text and simple graphics.
Snapchat, or text and video communication
snapchat also has the option of text and video communication between users. As with photos and videos, all traces of conversations are deleted. In this case, however, there is an option to save the conversation, thereby preventing them from being permanently lost. The latest functionality of the popular Snapchat refers to social networking sites. We can, because we publish Stories. Stories is a collection of photos or videos that can be shared with a larger group of people – selected users or publicly. Compared to standard photos, these are only removed after 24 hours.
Undoubtedly, the Snapcash module should also be mentioned. It is not yet available in our country, although it can be safely assumed that it is only a matter of time. Snapcash allows you to send money quickly and efficiently between users. The option of using this option depends on having a payment or credit card. It is necessary to enter its number in the application options.
Snapchat is extremely popular due to the very high level of privacy control. In the program options we can define who we want to contact and who can have access to Stories. Does this mean that Snapchat has no flaws? For most of us, the problem is that the messenger is only available in English.
What can Snapchat do for us then? Automatic deletion of conversations and photos does not seem very useful. However, this solution has its advantages – we do not limit the memory of our smartphone. What is the most popular type of photo upload? Of course, selfies that break records of popularity around the world. It is not known, however, why food photographs came second. There is no denying that Snapchat plays a big role in sexting. Users exchange different photos with each other. Of course, there is also a group of people who use the messenger for text and video communication.
Advantage of Snapchat
Snapchat has many advantages. Undoubtedly, automatic deletion of uploaded photos, videos and conversations is one of them. An additional advantage is the ability to communicate video and text, as well as creating your own Stories. Noteworthy is also the easy-to-use program interface. Let’s hope that Windows Phone users will soon be able to enjoy snapping.
Snapchat and user data leak
Snapchat, a thriving social network, has fallen victim to hackers. Over four and a half million user data flowed into the network. This event can seriously damage the image of the portal.
Until now, Snapchat has been positively received primarily by its attachment to privacy. In the era of global paranoia associated with watching millions of Internet users, the solutions used by Snapchat were appreciated. In this multimedia content exchange service everything is supposed to be fleeting – the maximum time of sharing some material (e.g. photo) to another user is 10 seconds. After their expiration, everything disappears and no one will see it again. Americans have fallen in love with Snapchat – every tenth US resident has this app on their mobile – and its creators grew feathers. They recently rejected an astronomical, three billion dollar offer from Zuckerberg himself. With a light hand, they ignored courtship (strengthened by four billion) from Google.