At the bottom left, if you shot a video, there’s a mute button, so you can mask out the noise from your movie.
If you shot a picture, a timer icon appears there instead, allowing you to set the duration that your photo will be on screen.
Take an image, then swipe left or right while on the camera screen and you’ll see a filter slide over across it.
And with a rotating set of fun features and filters, it’s also the response to Facebook and Twitter’s stale experiences.
As with any social network, much of your Snapchat experience will depend on who you follow, but on this one you’re less likely to find carefully composed posts.
(I’m not even 40, and I’m one of them.) To the hip kids who have grown up with the four-year-old short video sharing app: It is with regrets that admittedly I may even incorrectly explain some of how this service—with its myriad of odd features—works. A social network where people share photos and short videos for just 24 hours, Snapchat is the answer to the Internet’s problem of never forgetting.
) And finally, to the adults reading this to discover what they’ve been missing: Apologies, but Snapchat will show you things—like what you’d look like as a glasses-wearing chihuahua—that you’ll never unsee.
Snaps can only be up to 10 seconds long, whether it’s a video or a photo.