After months – nay, a couple of years – of resisting it, I downloaded Snapchat two weeks ago. Actually, I downloaded Snapchat again, because around a year ago, I downloaded the app, out of curiosity and after approximately 10 seconds, I deleted its ass off my phone.
Me, opening Snapchat for the first time: “What do I do? I don’t understand. Where is everything? How do I do anything? Aahhhhh I’m clearly too old for this shiz.”
Me, opening Snapchat for the second time: “What do I do? I don’t understand. Where is everything? How do I do anything? Aahhhhh I’m clearly too old for this shiz.”
But actually, after a bit of playing around with it, and after watching some YouTube videos on how the flip it works, I’m actually starting to really love Snapchat. Hurrah! I’m not too old for it! Here are 7 reasons you’re not too old for Snapchat….
- It’s confusing to use, but not because you’re old. It’s a really non-intuitive design, with lots of icons and no real obvious user journey. I think it’s safe to say that everyone who uses Snapchat for the first time is UTTERLY confused. It’s not you, it’s them.
- There are loads of cool people (who aren’t teenagers) on there, to follow – some of my favourites are Ruth Crilly, Julia from Stylonylon, Eva from Poppy Loves and Kathryn from Kat Got The Cream.
- Once you’ve got to grips with it, it’s really fun. It’s more visual than Facebook and Twitter, and more relaxed than Instagram – you don’t have to worry too much about what you post because people will only click on your snaps if they’re interested, and they will delete themselves after 24 hours. Gone!
- You can pretend you’re down with the kids – putting emojis on snaps, scribbling all over them in lurid handwriting, using the crazy filters and using language like “Weekends be like…..”
- The 100million people worldwide who snap daily can’t ALL be young uns! In fact, over the last year in the US, Snapchat added 25-to-34-year-old users (103%) and older-than-35 users (84%) faster than 18-to-24-year-old users (56%), according to measurement firm Comscore. Ooh, stats.
- It’s another thing to waste time on and an excellent procrastination tool, if you have a work deadline looming or housework/life admin to do. Why renew your parking permit with the local council when you can mess around on Snapchat? Being a grown up can wait.
- Why should those damn kids have all the fun? According to Mashable, the moment parents start joining Snapchat, it’s the beginning of the end (which I think is a fair analysis – any trend I jump on is surely about to die) so I say let’s enjoy it and then run it into the ground.
So have I convinced you?
If so, follow me over on Snapchat! I’m iamalisonperry.