Snapchat is so simple everyone can use it, but then I find myself wondering many times when I open Snaps of my friends “Hey wait whaaat? Cool, how did you do that?” The basics are simple yes, but for the fun stuff (which you can show off with, around your friends) you have to spend some more time with the App to understand. Today’s blog entry will be about the Snapchat language, features, the update and symbols on Snapchat, so after reading your friends will ask YOU how you managed writing captions in several paragraphs (say whaaaat?), yes that is possible! After explaining the basics in last week’s blog post, we will now get a bit more into the Snapchat enigma.
The Snapchat Language
Before we start I would like to give a quick overview what all the Snapchat terms and phrases actually mean to avoid confusion when I will use them from now on.
Snapchatters: Snapchatters are Snapchat users.
Snap: A snap is the photo or video you take with Snapchat. You can send a snap to a Snapchatter (or multiple snaps to multiple snapchatters), but it can only be viewed by the recipient for a limited amount of time (1 to 10 seconds).
Snapback: A Snapback is a reply to your Snap.
Story: A story is a snap you can mass-send to friends. Recipients can view it an unlimited amount of times in 24 hours. You can also send multiple snaps to your story in one day. They’ll be compiled to create one story.
Scores: Your Score is the total number of Snaps you have sent and received. It appears next to your name in friends’ contact lists and vice versa.
Chat: Chat is a feature that lets you privately message with friends on Snapchat.
Here: Here is a sub-feature within Chat. It lets you broadcast live video and audio to friends while chatting.
Make/Edit and Send your Snap
The main screen is basically your camera view with some options. Make a Snap and let the fun begin! (picture 1)
1. Cancel (to make a new picture/video)
2. Insert a smiley: by zooming in or out on the smiley, you can make it bigger/smaller (picture 2 and 3)
3. Insert a caption: by tapping the “T” button again, your caption appears in bigger letters, tap again so it moves to the middle, tap one more time and it goes back to the initial small letters. Now is the time to also explain how to add a second paragraph to impress your friends. Just copy paste rows from your notepad on your phone into the caption of your Snap and you can write in the next paragraph. Easy right?
4. Pencil: By tapping on the pencil icon you can draw on your snap. Sliding down or up with your finger on the colorbar on the right, you can choose the color you want to draw with. (picture 4)
By the way: If you swipe to your left on your snap you can add different filters (picture 5), km/h, time, temperature or city (picture 6). To do so, you have to allow Snapchat to know your location. No worries, it will ask you when you first use the App and you can also change it lateron in your settings.
5. Timer: Here you decide for how many seconds you want your recipient/s to see your snap. (picture 7)
6. Save: In case you like to keep the picture/video, tapping on this button will save your picture to your library on your phone. (picture 5)
7. Add to Story: You can add your Snap to your Snapchat Story, so your followers can see it for 24 hours. (picture 7)
8. Send your Snap: With the arrow to the right you can then send your snap and/or save it to your Snapchat Story (picture 10). You simply select “My Story” (picture 11) or the friend/s you want to send your snap to (picture 12) or both and tap the arrow in the right bottom corner to finally send it.
The Snapchat Update
With Snapchats’ Update in September you have the option to use some more fun selfie tools, the so called “lenses”. By tapping on your face when you see yourself on the mainscreen-selfiemode, a grid selecting your face will appear. You can now select different lenses on the bottom of the screen and take videos or pictures of you with a funny mask on (picture 13). They even make sounds and special effects appear. Some lenses are for free (picture 14) and some you have to pay for, so you just see yourself blurry if you haven’t bought the lens (picture 15). It is really fun and Snapchat comes up with new lenses every few weeks. Try it out! How to get the most of the new Update? Read here.
For more tips and tricks when it comes to settings on Snapchat, read here.
You ever wondered what all the emojis mean you see next to your friends name on Snapchat when you want to send your Snap? Well I did and thought I share it with you. Some more Snapchat-knowledge to impress your friends with. There is a fun page called “Emojipedia” where I found the following explanations:
Gold Star — Someone has replayed this person’s snaps in the past 24 hours. They must have something interesting to show.
Yellow Heart — You are #1 best friends with each other. You send the most snaps to this person, and they send the most snaps to you.
Red Heart — You have been #1 BFs with each other for two weeks straight.
Pink Hearts — You have been #1 BFs with each other for two months straight. Dedication!
Baby — You just became friends with this person.
Face With Sunglasses — One of your best friends is one of their best friends. You send a lot of snaps to someone they also send a lot of snaps to.
Grimacing Face — Your #1 best friend is their #1 best friend. You send the most snaps to the same person that they do. Awkward.
Smirking Face — You are one of their best friends …but they are not a best friend of yours. You don’t send them many snaps, but they send you a lot.
Smiling Face — Another best friend of yours. You send this person a lot of snaps. Not your #1 best friend, but they are up there.
Fire — You are on a Snapstreak! You have snapped this person every day, and they have snapped you back. Increases with number of consecutive days.
Hundred — 100 Day Snapstreak. The 100 emoji appears next to the fire when you snap back and forth with someone for one hundred days in a row.
I hope you enjoyed reading this weeks blogpost. You now go off and impress your friends with your new Snapchat-knowledge! Next week I will talk about the most successful Snapchat stars. Come back and read about it, so you can decide whom to follow!