Snapchat’s camera filters are the app’s secret weapon.
Hidden from plain view, you have to know how to access them to use them.
At the bottom left, if you shot a video, there’s a mute button, so you can mask out the noise from your movie.
If you shot a picture, a timer icon appears there instead, allowing you to set the duration that your photo will be on screen.
There are even some cool geo-located filters based on where you are, whether it’s in a city or at an event.
Just as spoken words only hang in the air long enough for ears to hear them, these images last just long enough to be seen (or more accurately, for 24 hours) and then they disappear.
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.
(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.