Guess you’ve heard? I’m on Snapchat (@sweetjellybean5) and currently I’m having a ball! I actually created my account maybe a month or so ago but just never got round to taking snaps.
There’s something daunting about seeing and hearing myself talk. I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of my voice but I have to admit, Snapchat is really helping break that ice for me. And it’s great!
So why did I join exactly?
Fun. Something entirely different than what I used to.
I’m on social media already so why not do it all, right? Over the last two weeks that I’ve used Snapchat and feeling extremely old figuring how it works, I’ve learned a thing or two…
- It’s probably one of the rawest form of social media engagement for us bloggers.
These days everything is just too filtered or modified you can’t even tell whether the dress is gold or blue anymore and we have been groomed and taught to find the perfect angles hence we end up usually with 100,000 selfies on our photos and only posting one. Again filtered to a tee an hour later. And don’t get me started with the number of photo editing apps we can choose from.
With Snapchat however, you can just go without it. It’s like the normal version of you on social media minus the cropping or filter. You hold your phone, snap your story away.
- It fits my kind of lifestyle – so fast paced.
Everything is quick and not time consuming. Because there’s a limit on how much you can rant, you’ll have to make do of the 10-second time challenge (unless you get greedy and do another video after that). I guess will forgive you or we can just skip through that, too.
And you’re basically not stuck with my snaps for eternity because they get deleted after a certain time, 24 hours I believe. Convenient and not too spammy. Just choose who to follow.
For Snapchat users, there’s always an option of deleting a snap if you want to redo things one more time if a snap goes wrong – whatever that may be.
- Limited features and I like that.
I don’t think I’m using the service to its full capacity or explored it completely yet but so far I love seeing the limitations – like the fact that you can’t write an essay for your snaps so you have to be succinct (Twitter like) with your news or messages for your followers. And with DM, once you’ve opened the message… poof!! It goes away. No more evidence. Ha ha
I guess this is a bit of a double-edged sword because there were times that I’ve accidentally opened it then closed the message before actually reading it so now I don’t know what that was about!
But then again, I still appreciate that you’re able to chat with your friends or followers and catch up in a way without a mile long of chat messages clogging your inbox. There’s still connection but less space accumulation.
- Share as it happens …
Taking fast-paced, raw and unfiltered into this context, I love that you can share things instantly. As it happens. And not spend so much time looking for the right lighting in the house or edit the heck out of the picture.
Just snap it and there it goes to my story box.
Honestly, I think Snapchat is kinda cool and not just because I’m a blogger. It’s because it’s reminding me of simplicity and making me realize that it’s ok if everyone can see your spots, really red face (yep shared this, too) or super messy hair while still have the choice of what and how much you can share. Because to be honest, social media has always been a choice. It’s telling us that non-filtered version of ourselves are ok, too.
And of course you can be creative as always – in fact creativity is very much encourage in social media these days and IRL.
If you’re on Snapchat, don’t forget to add me (@sweetjellybean5) I’ll be snapping my heart out today about beauty Press Spotlight Day in NYC.