For instance, the puking rainbow lens is a favorite among Snapchat users.
Just apply it to your face, then open your mouth and watch a carnival of color pour out.
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.
Instead of left- or right-hand anchored menus, Snapchat has users swipe to access other elements of the service.
For instance, from the camera, swipe to the right and the chat screen will appear, swipe down and your account preferences will drop in, and swipe left to view other users’ snaps.
) 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.
Take an image, then swipe left or right while on the camera screen and you’ll see a filter slide over across it.
(You can also swipe left one more time for the “Discover” screen, which displays stories by media entities like ESPN, CNN, and People, also a Time Inc.
publication.) Sure, there are also buttons you can press to reach these screens (the bottom-left square for your chats, the top-center ghost for your account, and the bottom-right hamburger menu for your stories), but kids these days swipe their Snapchat like it’s Tinder—another app you’re probably too old to be using.
Mastering the Camera Snapchat’s camera works a little differently than the default Android or i OS camera app, so it’s worth walking through.
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.
Chatting Like a Teen You could spend hours trying to decode the mysteries of Snapchat’s communication screen.