Nine reasons screenshots are awesome

Chris Dixon
Nov 13, 2015 · 2 min read
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1. By taking a screenshot, you can “export” from any app on any device.

2. You can “import” screenshots back into any app that imports photos (most apps).

3. For these reasons, screenshots act like a universal file type on mobile. As @artypapers says:

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tweetstorm https://twitter.com/artypapers/status/664846647797481472

4. Screenshots let you circumvent restrictions like file format incompatibilities, service non-interoperability, character limits, etc

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Much higher engagement when text is inline

5. You can easily edit screenshots using simple tools that are bundled with most desktop and mobile operating systems:

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You can’t do this with embeds

6. It’s easy to annotate screenshots:

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7. On mobile, the photo roll where screenshots are kept is similar to a file system. You can delete photos, edit them, back them up to the cloud, etc.

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8. You can combine otherwise incompatible formats in a single screenshot

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The Awl calls these “shitpics” http://www.theawl.com/2014/12/the-triumphant-rise-of-the-shitpic

9. Screenshots persist even when the thing screenshotted disappears:

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What are some other reasons screenshots are awesome?

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