Snapchat is an image messaging app that was created by Bobby Murphy, Evan Spiegel and Reggie Brown and was launched in Sept. of 2011. How Snapchat works is simple.
To snap someone, you send a picture (snap) to a person in your friends list and it disappears after they open it. You can choose how long you want the snap to last. The timer goes from 10 seconds to infinite seconds.
Text messages, however, don’t disappear if one of the members of the conversation saves the text message manually.
Other than conversations, there are Snapchat stories. Snapchat stories are images that you post from your account that are visible to everyone on your friends list. These pictures can only be viewed for twenty-four hours before they are deleted. You can choose how long you want this snap to be as well with the same time options.
Conversations and stories are just the basic need-to-knows of Snapchat. Filters, Snapchat Memories, Snapmap, Public stories/Advertisement stories and Bitmojis are some other features that come along with the app.
158 million people in the world are using Snapchat. According to Statista, as of March 2017, 83.4 percent of Snapchat users in the United States are 12 to 17 years old. At MJHS, the majority of the students have Snapchat.
Over the past (almost) 7 years, Snapchat has gone through several updates. In this majority of MJHS students that have Snapchat, each student had their own opinion about the newest update.
Before this most previous update, you would slide left to view all of your conversations. To view stories, you would slide right. To view Snapchat Memories, you would slide up and to view your account and friends list, you would slide down.
Now, the Snapchat friends list, conversations and stories are all visible if you slide left. If you slide right, you see all of the public stories and advertisement stories. The other two features are the same except when you slide down you don’t see your friends list.
Aly Brate is a sophomore at MJHS and she doesn’t like the update.
Brate informed, “I’ve only had Snapchat for about two months. I’m not really a fan of the newest update, though. I enjoyed the other version because it seemed more organized to me.”
A student that chose to remain anonymous countered Brate’s opinion. He actually thinks that the new Snapchat update keeps things more organized. Another thing he enjoys about the update is how the Bitmojis are more incorporated.
Mackenzie Ivy, a junior at MJHS explained, “I personally don’t like it at all. However, I didn’t like the last update either until we got this new one, and then I realized I liked it. So maybe it’ll just take some time getting used to.”
Whether you love or hate the latest update, Snapchat will eventually update again and change, for the better or for the worse.