Ahh Snapchat – social media of the moment, where you can see everyone from Kim Kardashian to Jeremy Corbyn flash their assets. I personally am a little bit obsessed with it. But every obsession has its dark side, and so does Snapchat. For every dog filter there is a face swap of nightmares. So check out what I love and hate about Snapchat – do you agree?
Getting to Know the Person Behind the Public Face
Whether it’s a millionaire celebrity or a blogger who lives down the road, I love getting to know the person behind the online persona. I have found myself reading so much more of bloggers who regularly snap because I get an even stronger feeling that they are my friend. It’s nice to hear people’s voices and to see their day to day flaws. And Snapchat somehow seems to make people happier to do that. I think that’s pretty cool.
Although I might feel like I know you, I actually don’t. So, as much as I am interested in your beauty stash, what’s in your handbag, the delicious lunch recommendation you’re showing or your trip onto the Good Ship Benefit (seriously, has everyone been but me?) then I ain’t too interested in your cousin’s summer BBQ or your Dad opening his birthday present. Keep those for the family shares, not your story.
The Filters of Joy
I love the filters, they are bloody genius. The Snapchat Gods change them regularly to keep us interested, but they keep our favourites because they know we LOVE them. Some of them are really weird (the one where your mouth is your eyes? I mean, who came up with that one?) but most of them are brilliant, and FaceSwap has prompted hours of hilarity given I look absolutely hideous when you put my face on Andrew’s.
I can totally tell when you’re holding the camera at the perfect angle and using the Photoshop filter. I get it, we all want to look our best most of the time and the front camera can bring out a multitude of sins. But I much prefer it when people don’t take themselves too seriously. Step away from the filter and show me your double chins!
Specifically… The Dog Filter
What is it about this filter? It is so flattering. It seems to magically make me look better, just by putting ears on my head and a nose on my nose. When they brought out the double dog, I was in heaven. Well done Snapchat, well done.
However much I love the dog filter, it is NOT good when you are recording yourself talking and the tongue keeps coming out. PLEASE, NO. Just NO. It is so irritating I will immediately tap through your snap. Bye then!
Seeing Behind The Scenes
I love to follow make up pros (like Anastasia Beverly Hills) because they often give you sneak peeks into what goes on behind the scenes, or new products that are coming up. If you want to see new Kylie Lip Kits, follow Kylie Jenner – she recently posted her new Blue / Black lipgloss on there. It’s always nice to see behind the scenes of photshoots, which ASOS and Look Magazine often share. And I like to see it when bloggers attend events I’ve not a hope in hell of being invited to, BUT…
There are only so many times I can sit through a slightly different angle on the same event – if I’ve seen it once, that is quite enough. And when you follow a lot of high profile bloggers, you end up seeing the same thing over and over! Don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against it (I also don’t hate it, but it kind of fits with the theme) but it’s boring. And I’m jealous. There, I said it, I’m jealous of your super glam life while I sit here in my house gilet watching Blindspot.
And just finally, does anyone else’s Snapchat completely SUCK THE LIFE out of their phone battery? I literally only have to open it and 20% of battery is just gone. Maybe I am following too many people?!
If you want to follow me, I’m spoiltbyjenni. And tell me below, what do you love and hate about Snapchat?