) 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.And with a rotating set of fun features and filters, it’s also the response to Facebook and Twitter’s stale experiences.(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.This hugely entertaining feature maps out the face (or faces) on screen, and can apply animations and other graphics to the mug.Hidden from plain view, you have to know how to access them to use them.Take an image, then swipe left or right while on the camera screen and you’ll see a filter slide over across it.Just as spoken words only hang in the air long enough for ears to hear them, these images last just long enough to be seen (or more accurately, for 24 hours) and then they disappear.
There are even some cool geo-located filters based on where you are, whether it’s in a city or at an event. 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.(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.If you want something longer than that, you’ll need to build a Snapchat Story, which is what the third button at the bottom left is for, but more on that later.The second button is a download button so you can save your snaps to your smartphone, which doesn’t happen automatically.