I won’t give up (yet) on Snapchat since I am on a mission to understand two of the apps that my adult students use regularly. It has been only one week since I installed Snapchat on my phone.
I was very impressed by the numbers shown on my screen: 500 million downloads? 14+ million reviews? WOW!
Then, I pressed “install”, and I saw this:
I don’t remember any other app asking me to give access to so many things! It is scary!
I was lucky to find two of my nephews on Snapchat, one is 16, and the other is 21. I sent them a picture of my breakfast (lack of creativity) and asked them to teach me how to use the app.When I wrote this post, I was not aware that EVERYTHING disappears on Snapchat, including my own videos, photos, and chats! I found the funny filters and sent a 10-second video to my 16-year old nephew, Pedro. I wanted to show the video to my husband, too, so I asked Pedro where to find it. This was his answer:
- It is not possible kkkk
- You can see it only once
- And you need to save your own videos when you are recording them
- This is crazy kkkkk
Are you serious? I cannot see my own videos? C’mon!
I recorded another one and saved it this time:
A week passed by, and there were no other interactions on my Snapchat.
I told my husband that I found it weird that neither of my nephews has shared one single image on Snapchat the whole week. My husband said,
“do you think they would share with you what they share with their friends”?
True, they probably won’t.
Trying to understand what was wrong (with me or with the app), I read this article. Contrary to Instagram and Twitter, if you don’t have enough online friends, the party won’t happen on Snapchat. I am not interested in “liberation” or in sharing ephemeral things; so, apparently, Snapchat won’t be my favourite app.
While there are teachers using Snapchat to engage students in conversations about the content taught in class, I am still skeptical and won’t add students to my Snapchat account. I decided to find some people to “follow” and experiment Snapchat for one more week: this time with strangers, for example, @nasa and @LeviCooks. I’d like to have some watercolourists on my Snapchat or some botanical artists since these are some of my current interests. Suggestions? Okay, maybe Snapchat is not the place on which artists would share their work or their tips…
Wish me luck! ;)