Teaching old people Snapchat

by Volker Weber

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Kids use Snapchat, because their parents don't get it. But it's easy. So let's do this.

First of all you need an app for Android or iOS. Sorry, no Windows Phone. Then you need to create an account. Make a selfie. Yes, you need to make a new one, and it's going to be more of a movie.

That's what you get. What's the yellow outline? That's your "business card". SnapChat apps can read this and find your account. So, if you are in SnapChat, you can just snap this photo and you found me. Or you find me as "volkerweber", which is my name in SnapChat. Your kids of course have much cooler names.

When you are in SnapChat, you basically only see a camera interface. And you shoot everything in portrait, even movies. Click the shutter button for a photo, hold for a video. When you created something, you can either send it to one of your friends, or you add it to your "story". Swipe the camera interface. To the right are other people's stories, to the left are your chats and on top are you and your friends. That is the hardest part. Instead of swiping you can also hit the icons in both lower corners or at the top.

Hold the camera interface to get a set of filters. They are really goofy. Now start playing.

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And if that's all you have to offer, you will have to play with yourself.

Comments

Phew... I think I will leave this space to my kids only - they will appreciate it ;)...

Ingo Seifert, 2016-04-17

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/de/worterbuch/englisch/play-with-yourself

That's not what you meant, was it?

Martin Funk, 2016-04-18

That is exactly what I meant.

Volker Weber , 2016-04-18

Ich wollte mir heute auch mal einen Account anlegen. Bei der Anmeldung kam jedoch die Meldung, dass bereits ein Account mit meiner E-Mailadresse existiert. Hä? Ich habe wirklich noch nie einen angelegt. Also den Prozess Passwort zurücksetzen gestartet und mit neuem Passwort angemeldet und siehe da, ich habe schon jede Menge Freunde, die mir irgendwelche pubertären Videos schicken.

Hier sollte snapchat den Anmeldeprozess nachschärfen. Wenigsten sollte bei der ersten Anmeldung eine E-Maik zur Bestätigung rausgeschickt werden. Sonst kann der richtige Besitzer der E-Mailadresse irgendwann mal den Account übernehmen.

Zur Beruhigung für meinen Namensvetter: Der Snapchat-Account ist gelöscht. Kein Panik.

Maik Endler, 2016-05-03

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