Snapchat

SnapchatSnapchat lets you easily talk with friends, view Live Stories from around the world, and explore news in Discover. The snapchat group say that life’s more fun when you live in the moment!

This Image messaging application software product was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Frank Reginald “Reggie” Brown IV when they were students at Stanford University.

With Snapchat, you can take a photo or a video with it, then add a caption or doodle or lens graphic over top, and send it to a friend. Alternatively, you can add it to your “story”, a 24-hour collection of your photos and videos, which you broadcast to the world or just your followers.

According to Snapchat’s published statistics, as of May 2015, the app’s users were sending 2 billion photos and videos per day, while Snapchat Stories content was being viewed 500 million times per day. In November 2015, the number reached 6 billion sent videos per day. The company has a valuation of $10–$20 billion, depending on the source. In 2016, Snapchat hit 7 billion daily video views.

Making Snaps

While on the main screen, tap the large camera button to take a snap, or hold down to record a video. Once you’ve finished, a preview screen will appear with options for customising, adjusting length, sending the snap, and more.

Sending Snaps

The only icon on the preview screen that we haven’t discussed yet is the arrow-shaped icon on the bottom right. Tap it to send your snap to a friend. A send-to screen should open. You will then need to select recipients. Once done, send your snap by tapping the second arrow icon that appears.

You might have noticed that one of the recipient options listed on the send-to screen said “My Story”. This option will add your snap to your story, but again, we will discuss that in detail below.

Viewing Snapbacks

To view your unread snaps, go to the main menu screen and select the square/numbered icon on the bottom left. A feed of all your sent snaps and snap replies (aka snapbacks) will be listed, including any new snaps from friends. Just tap any one to view it for a limited amount of time. Remember: Snaps disappear.

Sending money

Snapchat partnered with Square to launch Snapcash in 2014.

It lets you use your debit card to pay for goods or simply send money to friends. It orks like this: enter your debit card under settings, then go to any message with a friend, and type a dollar sign along with an amount (like $11.50). Once you’re done, hit the green money button (it used to be the yellow camera button).

Your card details are securely stored by Square, a mobile payments company co-founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey. So you don’t need to worry about a Snappening-type hacking scandal that will result in you losing money. Snapcash via Square is available to all snapchatters in the US with a debit card. They just have to be 18 years or older.

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USER REVIEWS: this app has been reviewed as a great and useful app on Google play store.

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