Snapchat app is a funky mobile application whose feature to self-destruct videos and pictures within seconds of sending has attracted 156 million users globally.

Snapchat started in 2011. The service’s popularity keeps growing because of its varied and fun-to-use apps.

One of these is Spectacles. Users don a pair of smart-glasses with a built-in camera and can then record 10-second video snippets.

Spectacles started online on 20th February, 2017.

Spectacles launched online on 20th February, 2017.

The Snapchat app was created by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown.

Brown settled for $157.5 million in 2014 when he parted ways with his friends who credited him as one of Snapchat’s original authors.

Evan Spiegel says Snapchat is not about capturing a “Kodak” moment, but about communicating with a full range of human emotions.

Bobby Murphy helped develop Snapchat because of his coding experience.

Reggie Brown brought the self-destruct imaging feature to the table.

How to sign into Snapchat

Signing into Snapchat is simple.

Type www.snapchat.com into your browser and hit the enter key.

The following page will appear.

Now hit the Snapchat logo above the arrow.

This will take you to the download page.

Snapchat App

It is free to join. Simply create an account and user ID.

Once you have entered your username, email address, password and birthday, your Snapchat camera screen will appear.

The Snapchat login ghost icon appears in the center of the screen. Tap that to open your Profile page.

The flash icon on the top-left toggles your camera flash and the top right camera button toggles your camera between the front and rear-facing modes.

You will also see a big round button at the bottom of the camera screen. This is used to take photos and videos. Tap the button to take a photo or hold it down to record a video with sound.

How to retrieve your Snapchat login details

Go to the Snapchat login screen and tap “Re-set” or “Forgot Password”.

Enter your email address and tick the Captcha box.

A verification code will be sent to your mobile number associated with your account.

Enter that verification code and hit the Continue button.

Why you should sign up to Snapchat App

Unlike other social media platforms, Snapchat is designed as a frivolous app, allowing users to interact in a natural way.

Snapchat’s mascot is “Ghostface Chillah”, based on Ghostface Killah of the hip-hop group, Wu-Tang Clan.

Over the years it has evolved as a mix of public content and private messaging, but also includes coverage of live sport and music events and content from publishers like the Food Network and ESPN.

Privacy

Basically, there are three areas of information collected by Snapchat.

  • Info you choose to share
  • Stuff about how you use their services
  • Info the company obtains from third parties

You can access and update your basic account information by visiting the app’s Settings page.

What you get from Snapchat

Here are just some of Snapchat’s special features:

Snapchat Spectacles mimic the way people see. A built-in 115 degree lens enables the user to record video clips that automatically save to your Snapchat Memories.

Available online since February 2017, Spectacles are available in black, teal and coral and retail for $129.99.

Snapchat Memories allows you to save and edit photos.
Another funky Snapchat app feature is Lenses.

Hold the Camera screen up to your face and it will activate Lenses. This facial recognition software can distort expressions and apply special effects.

Countries

Snapchat is available globally and can also be accessed in a variety of languages including, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Romanian, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Russian.

Mobile, android, iPhones and smartphones

Snapchat is a mobile app and is available on both Android and iOS systems.

The app needs very little storage space, so don’t stress about it gobbling your device’s capacity.

For Androids you will need a minimum size of 5.2MB and iOS requires 8.3MB.

Security and privacy issues

Your account is automatically set to “friends-only” by default. So, in other words, only people you have added as friends, and who have added you back, can send or view your snaps.

Don’t change your settings to “everyone” because then you open your account to viewing by anyone with a Snapchat account.

Cool stuff to do

Geofilters allows Snapchatters to use special graph overlays within specified geographical locations such as cities and events.

The fun Bitmoji app lets users design their own stickers of personalized cartoon avatars.

How does Snapchat make money?

Snapchat’s main source of income is the sale of advertisements and the company expects to reach a $1 billion turnover in 2017.

Take-aways about Snapchat App

Based at Ocean Front Walk in trendy Venice, California, Snapchat is worth $20 billion.

The Snapchat headquarters in Venice, California.

Its first paid advertisement was a 20-second movie trailer clip from the horror film, Ouija, screened in October, 2014.

Advertising appears on Snapchat’s Discover feature. It is estimated that up to a million users see the ads daily and, at 10 to 15 cents per view, this adds up to a hefty revenue chunk.

Keep your login details safe

Hacking is a way of cyber-life, so keeping your login details safe cannot be over-emphasized.

Create a unique and strong password known only to you.

Never use the same password for more than one site and change your password regularly by using the Settings app.