While I will come to how to sign up and use Snapchat later in this piece. Lets talk a little about Snapchat.com as a company.
One standout feature I like about the US educational system (I must here and now acknowledge that countries like Finland and Germany are doing a great job educationally) is how pragmatic it is such that even while in school you get a good feel about jobs, opportunities and how to explore the choices before you.
Table of Content
- 1 ABOUT SNAPCHAT SERVICES
- 2 SNAPCHAT SIGN UP
- 3 DOWNLOAD SNAPCHAT APP
- 4 SOME SNAPCHAT QUICK TIPS
- 5 HOW TO USE SNAPCASH
- 6 HOW TO DELETE YOUR SNAPCHAT.COM ACCOUNT
There is no other nation I know of where businesses and ideas turn into billion dollar enterprises a lot as the States to the extent being a dropout in the United States is becoming a not-so-bad word to refer to people — at least as long as you pursue a dream worth leaving school for.
It is a country replete with real life stories of billionaires and millionaires who dropped out of school not because they were dull but instead because it became an innocuous hindrance to their pursuit and dreams.
I bet the answer that will crop up when you ask the question ‘What company is known to be associated with the ghost logo?’It would be none other than Snapchat.
As a hip hop aficionado I see it as a winnable debate to argue that the firm is deeply in affiliated to hip hop when you consider the fact there was a mascot designed by the founders are the start-out stage of Snapchat.com called Ghost Face Chillah derived from Ghost Face Killa of the hip hop group Wu-Tang Clan.
That was back in the days though. Fast forward, now we have DJ Khaled (a hip hop music producer) been acclaimed the King of Snapchat by fans and his own self.
Snapchat was a product of three college buddies, more informally, frat brothers. They kicked off the idea as a college final year project.
It was Reggie Brown (full name, Frank Reginald Brown) who came up with the idea during chitchat with his two other friends, their names being Evan Spiegel and Bobby Murphy. He told them about the concept of having software (application) that could share explicit media content that can self-destruct immediately after viewing.
Spiegel being the more business minded guy took it up with all seriousness and that was how it all began as a school project with the support of Bobby who was good at coding and expectedly came up with the source code.
Spiegel at the time was majoring in product design. They continued work on the project and in July 2011, the end product called Picaboo was debuted. Just after two months it was overhauled, rebranded and launched as Snapcat.
Incidentally, it was at this point that Frank Reginald Brown was sidelined and booted out of his own brainchild. Some form of respite only came his way via litigation he brought against his former partners which ended in an out-of-court settlement with details kept confidential. Reggie’s name was from thereon included as one of the company’s inventors.
ABOUT SNAPCHAT SERVICES
The inventors started out with the aim of creating an application that can share images that would be explicit, short-lived and disappear after viewing in a matter of seconds. It has since evolved to include some other features.
With Snapchat.com you can engage in OTT (Over The Top) services such as video calls, chatting and even do financial transactions in terms of sending and receiving money with Snapcash. As at the last time the services of Snapcash were only available in US.
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SNAPCHAT SIGN UP
Download Snapchat App for iOS from Here or Go to Apple App store or Download for Android or go to the Google Play store for Android OS users enter Snapchat on the search field. After locating the application tap on download. The download will take few minutes tops, next proceed to install it.
Now sign up for Snapchat since you are a new user by filling in your name, a username of your preference and an email. Note that once the username is created you cannot change it anymore, the only other option would be to create another Snapchat account.
SNAPCHAT SIGN IN
When you are through with the Snapchat sign up process next step is to sign in to Snapchat with your password and username as a user.
Anyone that is thirteen years and above can create and operate a Snapchat account. However, as you would expect there are restrictions for those who are not adults.
For instance, they are not allowed to chat with other people and are also denied access to Snapcash. For more help please see the support section of Snapchat when logged on.
DOWNLOAD SNAPCHAT APP
Snapchat App is available for different mobile operating system, from the popular Android and iOS to Microsoft owned WIndows Operating system. Download Snapchat app for your devices.
Download Snapchat App For Android
Download Snapchat app for Android, click on the Download button below, after downloading Snapchat, follow the android installation process and you can login to snapchat.
Download Snapchat App for iOS
Download Snapchat app for iOS, click on the Download button below, after downloading Snapchat, follow the iOS installation process and you can sign in to snapchat to start using it.
Download Snapchat App for Windows Phone
Snapchat is yet to release an official app for Windows Phone devices. However, there is a way round if you want to use snapchat app on your Windows phone device.
HOW TO USE SNAPCHAT ONLINE FOR PC
Snapchat.com offers an addictive service and so many people are addicted to using snapchat. So many people have been wondering if it is possible to use Snapchat Online on PC browsers either on Windows, Mac or Linux.
The good news is that you can use Snapchat Online on your PC
There are two ways that you can use Snapchat online;
- Snapchat web: Access Snapchat Online from the official Snapchat web URL from your PC. A login page will be opened, simply enter your snapchat credentials and you can start using snapchat. However, there is limit to the functionality of snapchat web online.
- Snapchat Emulator: Another way to use snapchat online on your PC is to install a mobile emulator that will be enable you to run the snapchat app on your pc. The recommend android emulator to run snapchat online is Bluestacks Android Emulator. Afterinstalling bluestack, you can download the apk version of snapchat.com app. Open the snapchat app from the emulator and you can enjoy all of the functionality you get on your snapchat mobile apps.
Now that you have seen how to use Snapchat Online, let’s move on to some quick snapchat tips.
SOME SNAPCHAT QUICK TIPS
To add friends, click on ‘Add friend’ afterward tap on the option ‘Add by username’ and tap ‘+’, you must have known your friends username prior to doing this so you can easily search it out. Another way of adding friends is to follow same procedure just outlined but on getting to ‘Add friend’ you would scan for your friend’s code (which you already know) with your camera.
A Snap is a photo or video clip recorded with the Snapchat application.
To create a Snap-click on the upper right corner of the home screen of Snapchat.Tap on the circular button and your photo or video gets recorded. You can also tap the ‘X’ icon on the upper left corner to delete a Snap. More interestingly, there is provision for setting a time limit for your photo or video but it self-destructs by tapping on the timer button. Whenever this time limit is reached even if it is less than ten seconds the media file vanishes. Still, the ultimate time limit remains 10 seconds as predetermined by Snapchat Incorporated.
To share a Snap-click on the download button at the bottom of the screen to download it. Adjust the Snap to your satisfaction then click on the send button that will lead to contacts, just tap on the username(s) of interest to you and you are done.
To view Snaps hold down the screen with your fingers to view, removing your fingers would lead to the disappearance of the media file.
One amazing thing about Snapchat is that the sender is notified when you take a screenshot of whatever media file that is sent to you.
If you are one those who use data skimpily and just lets the rest to waste, then Snapchat will help you by utilizing more of your data subscription. Even though the founding idea was for disappearing photos with the Replay option you get to relive a Snap once in 24 hours.
HOW TO USE SNAPCASH
All you need to do to be on Snapcash is to enter your card details. Snapcash payments are secured and encrypted. Calling it Squarecash would not have been a big deal.
Since it is Square that provides the technical assistance. Square is the parent company of Twitter whose major stakeholder is Jack Dorsey.
Snapcash excludes minors from its services. Another thing is, it is operable only with debit card, credit cards are not accepted. If you are abreast with its modus operandi it will be no surprise to you.
Fortunately, this piece is for individuals with little or no background knowledge of Snapcash. So go ahead and sign up on Snapchat if you are yet to own an account.
The caveat here is whoever you want to send or receive money from has to be on the platform also.While Snapchat was launched first on iOS Snapcash made users of Android Operating system its first customers.
As long as you have updated your Snapchat application since 2014 then the embedded Snapcash should work just fine.
To set up Snapcash from home screen click on the Snapchat icon which is a ghost icon. After that check on the pop-up menu showing account name is shown, from here click on the settings icon.
Beneath the ‘my account’ you will easily locate Snapcash.Tap on ‘add card’ option under ‘debit card option’ to input details of debit card. When successfully completed, the app returns you to the homescreen. Now to send cash go right by swiping to the message page.
At this point tap the left button at the top to show your list of friends, from which you choose the friend you want to send some greenback. Tap on the ‘send a chat’. Enter the dollar sign and then the amount. The final step in sending your cash is to tap on the green dollar icon.
Receiving money via Snapcash also requires that you follow some simple steps. Once the money has gotten to your end you will see the amount you got in the private chat window. Tap on it and the cash is confirmed in your account.
If this is not done within 24 hours the cash returns to the sender, unlike the traditional cash transfers that do not need a special confirmation before the money is lodged in your account. The amount that can be sent in a week using this platform is less than 500 dollars a week.
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HOW TO DELETE YOUR SNAPCHAT.COM ACCOUNT
If and when you feel you no more want to use Snapchat.com, it is pretty straightforward. Just start by visiting https://accounts.snapchat.com/accounts then go straight up to the delete account option.
Put in cognizance the fact that you cannot delete your account while signed in to your account. Alternatively, go to www.snapchat.com , select support, go to ‘learning the basics’, click on account settings and select ‘delete account’.
Even after deleting a Snapchat account, Snapchat keeps your account details for another one month. During this period you can reactivate the account if there is a change of mind. Otherwise, after the one month wanting to use Snapchat would mean creating a new account afresh.
Investigations into Snapchat proved that the disappearing Snaps are saved in the servers of the company for a longer period than the impression the company gives.
This compelled them to re-edit their company policy/terms and conditions to admit that Snaps actually stay for with them for a longer period.
That Replay option on the application that gives the opportunity to watch Snaps once in 24 hours should give enough insight that your media files are saved somewhere for some time at the discretion of the firm.
Snapchat Incoroporated changed its name in September 2016 to Snap Incorporated much same way Google rebranded and named its parent company Alphabet.
The former has evolved a lot A side Snapcash in its kitty; it is also into hardware production as seen in the production of Spectacles. Spectacles is a pair of glasses inbuilt with a camera that links your Snapchat account and is capable of taking pictures and recording videos. It was released in November 2016.How to use Spectacles?
It is easy-peasy. There is a button at the left end of the frame, to record just hold it down and release. It records for a maximum of 10 seconds per time.
To record again hold down same key again and you could do this another time more to create a 30-second video with pauses at the 10-second interval.
In the case of pictures it same procedure also. An inward-facing light indicates you are taking a shot while in recording videos the light projects outward.
The device saves and stores media content until they transferred via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to Snapchat on your mobile device. Spectacles are solely designed for Snapchat.
We all know Snapchat was developed for mobile devices not personal computers. The media files are usually stored in the ‘Memories’ folder of Snapchat.The device comes with its own charger and accompanying accessories.
Factually speaking, Snapchat is in a world of its own. It got that bad it had to veer off into the track of some other businesses in order to get some traction in terms of rivalry.
Or do you know of any other mainstream application that ‘destroys’ its media files after 10 seconds or even after a minute? It was when it got embedded with video calling and chatting via texts that it got to be rival to firms such as Apple(iMessage, iChat), Facebook (Instagram, Whatsapp, being its subsidiaries), Twitter, to name just a few.
In fact, surveys conducted show a decline in its use for the original purpose it was designed which was to provide a platform for sharing NSFW (Not Safe For Work)videos and photos, sexting and the likes. Rather users engage it more in noble causes.
FaceBook tried to buy the company at a whopping 3 billion US dollar back then but Evan Spiegel and his partners were adamant and refused to deal.
It was reported that even Google had wanted to buy it afterward at 4 billion US dollars but got same treatment. Now the company is worth more than 20 billion US dollars.
I remember when Facebook went on the counter after its failed attempt by launching Slingshot which did not ultimately see the light of the day.
Just like I foresee Facebook developing an Operating system(OS) so also is the future limitless for Snap Incorporated in terms of what it can and will accomplish, sadly without Reggie Brown.