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Snapchat - Do You Get It or Not?

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It seems as if new crazes involving a blend of cell phone technology and social media are popping up all over the place. If I don't hear about them on the news or on other blogs, I hear about them from my children.

Now we have Snapchat. Snapchat is a photo messaging app where users can take photos, record videos, add text and drawings, and subsequently send them to a list of recipients of their choice. Using Snapchat, the photographs and videos are called "Snaps".

The catch-all is that the senders set a time limit for how long receivers can view their Snaps, which ranges from 1 to 10 seconds; thereafter the receivers will no longer be able to see them on their devices, and the Snaps will also be deleted from the Snapchat servers.

The reason why the photos are short lived is up for debate. Cell phone users have been sending other people photos and videos for years, so why all of a sudden is there a need for these to be sent but only on a temporary basis? Are we trying to get rid of "evidence" of anything potentially confidential or "questionable material"? Or have our "Kodak" moments become not as precious or worthy of keeping anymore?

I posed that question to my children and they struggled to give me an answer. I have just come to the conclusion that the pictures are just not that important or just too silly to be sending in the first place.


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