Ads may be intended for an adult audience ("Are you interested in men, women, or both? An important privacy and safety note: Unless teens change their account settings to limit or restrict public access, anyone can search for, see, and contact them. To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but old people are about to crash your party. And that is exactly why the app is exploding in use, even recently overtaking Twitter in terms of daily users.And with a rotating set of fun features and filters, it’s also the response to Facebook and Twitter’s stale experiences.As with any social network, much of your Snapchat experience will depend on who you follow, but on this one you’re less likely to find carefully composed posts.For instance, if you tap on the shutter button it will take a photo, but if you hold down on it, Snapchat will record video.At the top right of the camera screen, there’s a button for toggling between the rear and front-facing camera, and at the top left there’s a control for the flash.
For instance, the puking rainbow lens is a favorite among Snapchat users.
There are even some cool geo-located filters based on where you are, whether it’s in a city or at an event.
(Custom-made geo-filters for festivities like weddings are all the rage these days.) Alternatively, before you take a photo, press and hold on a person’s face and Snapchat’s lens options will pop up.
(I’m not even 40, and I’m one of them.) To the hip kids who have grown up with the four-year-old short video sharing app: It is with regrets that admittedly I may even incorrectly explain some of how this service—with its myriad of odd features—works. A social network where people share photos and short videos for just 24 hours, Snapchat is the answer to the Internet’s problem of never forgetting.
) And finally, to the adults reading this to discover what they’ve been missing: Apologies, but Snapchat will show you things—like what you’d look like as a glasses-wearing chihuahua—that you’ll never unsee.