My last post introduced you to Snapchat. Now let’s figure out how to use it!
You’re in luck – Snapchat is really easy to use. The biggest thing to realize with Snapchat is this – Snapchat is a way to visually “chat” (hence “Snap” chat).
Snaps (that’s what posts in Snapchat are called) consist of photos and short videos. Users take a photo or video, and then can add words, drawings, and other fun overlays (i.e., weird eyes, barfing rainbows, etc).
Once you get over the “all visual” hurdle, you’ll find that Snapchat is pretty much like any other social media tool.
Snapchat has 4 main screens:
- Home screen. That’s where your camera lives.
- Snapchat feed (swipe left or hit the lower left square icon to get here). Here’s where Snaps (messages to you) live. These disappear within 10 seconds.
- Stories (swipe right or hit the lower right square icon to get here). Stories are compilations of your Snaps, and they can be viewed by all your friends for 24 hours.
- Profile screen (swipe up or hit the ghost icon to get here). This is where your Snapcode lives (that ghost-shaped QR code). You can see mine in this post – scan it to follow me!
For a library, the basics of using Snapchat are pretty simple:
- Share your Snapcode with customers so people friend you (also friend people back)
- make a funny or interesting Snap
- Post it to your Stories
- Repeat. Simple stuff!
Let me know – what am I missing?