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10 Things You Didn't Know About Snapchat

These new updates totally change the Snapchat game.
10 Things You Didn't Know About Snapchat

Everyone's favorite photo-sharing app, Snapchat, has been around for a little over two years now - feels much longer, doesn't it? Finally, the newest update of the app has added a whole slew of features that we've been waiting for - and a bunch more that we didn't really expect. First, update your Snapchat app and then, head over to your Settings menu, tap on Manage and turn on all of the options to get the full experience. Snapchat has also become more than just a self-destructing, photo-sharing application; many companies have discovered new uses that you would never think of!

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The one thing that we've always know about Snapchat is that you can only view an image or video for the amount of time that the sender dictates. After that, it disappears forever and ever. Right? Wrong. A new feature has been added that allows you to replay one snap every twenty-four hours. Mind blown, right? The problem with this new feature is that you can't control if other people can replay your snap, nor do you get notified if they do. Gives a whole new meaning to 'be careful what you snap'.

Visual Filters

As Snapchat grows, users are becoming more and more creative with the snaps they're sending. Have you seen some of these snaps? People are dedicated. Snapchat responded to this by adding three Instagram-like filters. Just turn on the visual filters option and the next time you take a picture, swipe to the left or to the right, for choices like black & white, sepia and 'vintage'.

Brand Marketing

For the longest time, Snapchat was for the people, by the people. As the app keeps growing, various brands have started cultivating a following. From HBO's Girls to the Philadelphia Zoo, everyone is jumping on to the Snapchat bandwagon, in different ways. Some companies are huge fans of the 'Stories' feature while others give their fans a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in their offices/on set every day. These brands can reach out to their audiences easily and quickly, without overwhelming them.

Best Friends

Before this update, users knew that their 'best friends' (aka, the top 3 people that they Snapchat with) appeared at the top of their "My Friends" list. Now, you can change the number of your best friends, from 3 to 5 or 7, in the settings menu. The other cool update that goes hand-in-hand with this one is that you can view other people's best friends. Go to the 'My Friends' menu and click on someone's name - a list of their top 3 friends will appear.

If you've got an Android, this is (kind of) the tip for you.

There seems to be some sort of glitch happening here - when someone with an Android screenshots your snap, you do not get notified if you're on wi-fi. We're not sure if this will work with all phones, so test it out with a friend first. It's odd. Android to Android gets notified immediately, as does iPhone to iPhone. However, when we sent a snap from an iPhone using wi-fi, to an Android, we were not notified, until we switched off our wi-fi and turned 3G on, that our snap had been screenshotted. This changes everything, of course - for as long as this glitch keeps happening, privacy is no longer guaranteed or protected if you're snapchatting with an Android user.

Front-facing Flash

Turning on the front flash option allows users to do just that - use "flash" in Snapchat, when they're using the front-facing camera. It's not exactly a camera flash, though it does help when you're trying to take dark selfies - expect a little bit of graininess though.

Smart Filters

Smart filters are another cool and interesting option that were included in the newest Snapchat update. Once you've turned them on and taken a picture, you can swipe to the left or to the right to add current weather information, the time or, oddly enough, the speed at which you're travelling at. I guess this would be cool if you're running a marathon... or on a train? Just remember, don't snap and drive.

Special Font

Once you turn on this option, you can use a new, larger font when typing your caption on to a snap - just turn it on by tapping on the 'T' that appears next to the crayon. The cool thing is that even your regular emojis come out huge, which opens up a whole new realm of creative possibilities.

Snapchat Resumes

Advertisement agency DDB in Oslo, Norway, has released a brilliant new recruitment idea called 'The Snapchat Pitch'. Students are asked to pitch an idea in 10 seconds, then send it to DDB_Oslo on Snapchat. The winner will be flown to Oslo for a job interview. Are we looking at the future of job recruitment? How much can you really tell about a person in 10 seconds? This new idea could definitely spread like wildfire in our high-paced, time-conscious world - better start practicing, if you want to impress future employers!

Black/White Ink

We all know that you can draw right on the snap you're sending before it goes out, but users have complained about the lack of white or black colored ink. In their newest update, Snapchat has added these colors, though it's not immediately obvious. To get black ink, tap on the crayon and then drag towards the bottom-left corner. To get white ink, tap on the crayon and then drag towards the top-left corner. Easy as pie - though kind of weird that they didn't just include these colors in the spectrum that appears for all the other colors.

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