One of the most fascinating and enticing social media trends of late is Snapchat.
For a long time I wasn’t sure what to make of it. I avoided downloading it for months, sorting it into the same file as “Keeping Up With The Kardishians,” Bar Stool parties, and everything else certain 20 something’s find instrumental to their lives that I find terrifying.
I eventually caved, my curiosity got to me, and it was immediately addictive. I was snapping selfies and my cat on the reg.
I am a big fan of selfies. Guy selfies, however, are rarely cute. And because of weird angles and shameless topless pics they can be downright violating. I don’t think I could date a guy who takes selfies in a non-ironic way, and I don’t know how my boyfriend puts up with me. (Welcome to Selfie City)
Then, I began to notice snaps replacing texts and the fact that I was snapping with people I would never text or talk to.
I think that snapchat is an example of our collective digital-age laziness and lack of effort in maintaining friendships – or maybe we’re so quick to send these images because a picture says 1000 words when an average text contains 35.
Not to say there isn’t anything I love about Snapchat. Who could forget the glee that came with the update that revealed friends’ top friends? That was one of the most insightful days of my life.
To be considered too, is the appeal of the immediate disappearance of this media, that maybe we are all getting a little freaked out by our digital footprints, or permanence and vulnerability of a picture text message.
Not so fast friends. All good things must come to an end and last weekend an app emerged that will soon alter the way we all snap- from duck faces, to uh, …not faces.
I introduce to you SnapHack Pro. This app for IOS 7 allows users to save any snap opened within it, without alerting the sender. Users log into the app with their Snapchat username and password connecting to all Snapchat data from an external app. An update is expected to allow users to send these saved snaps to each other directly though the app.
If your reasoning for using Snapchat is to not commit to permanent sharing, you have lost your safe medium, and hopefully the notion that anything you share digitally is safe and secure.
Hopefully this app, available for .99 in the app store, will kill Snapchat and girls will stop snapping my boyfriend sloppy duck faces.