(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. ) 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.This hugely entertaining feature maps out the face (or faces) on screen, and can apply animations and other graphics to the mug.For instance, the puking rainbow lens is a favorite among Snapchat users.That makes even more sense when you think of how the app treats its photos and videos ephemerally.
If you want something longer than that, you’ll need to build a Snapchat Story, which is what the third button at the bottom left is for, but more on that later.At the top right, you’ll see a sticker icon, which yields a bunch of emoji-like graphics you can use to gussy up your image. If you’re not in love with the default sans serif font in a gray bar across your photos, tap the text icon again, and you get more options.And the icon at the very right is a pen, which can be used for doodling all over your masterpiece.Navigating the app also works a little differently here.Instead of left- or right-hand anchored menus, Snapchat has users swipe to access other elements of the service.