Attaining Knowledge with Just a Snap(chat): #chatsnap review

Today I was able to partake in my first #twitterchat with #snapchat, a chat all about snapchat. I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but it brought up some views about snapchat that I hadn’t thought of before.

What is your use for snapchat? For me it is a app for unfiltered communication. I am able to be goofy, stupid, wild, etc. and it all goes away in seconds (or in 24 hours if posted on my story), but there are much more ways to utilize this app then just adding funny filters to ones face to send out to friends. For instance, it can be used as a way to learn new information. I hadn’t realized, but one of the reasons I watch people’s stories is to learn. Learn about them and what they are doing in their lives. Some users, however, take this one step further and post content on their stories for one to watch and learn something. Have one of your friends ever posted themselves cooking and the step by step way in which they are doing so? Or has one spoke about a beauty product to inform you of their opinion of it and have their audience learn whether they should buy it or not? These users are educating their followers. Some snapchat users purposefully add these content creators to become knowledgeable about a certain subject.

Whether one downloads and adds certain users for the sole purpose of learning, users do anyway. Snapchat allows people to learn about different cultures through live stories in other countries and areas of the world. It also allows for users to learn from brands with their discover pages and articles. Of course it’s members learn from their direct friends as well, about their lives and what they are up to.

Snapchat provides great tools not only to express creativity, but allow for the information to be shared and passed along in a way that’s easy to understand and follow. From being able to share with specific people (groups) or a wide range of followers (stories) one can create content through various features. Drawing, repetition, filters, and text are just some of the examples. Now with collaborative stories, friends can join in and add on to different topics to allow the viewers to be even more knowledgeable. I can’t wait to see what the snapchat creators will come up with to make our learning even more easy and enjoyable.

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