If you haven’t heard of Snapchat, it’s one of the most popular social media platforms right now. Many people like it because it’s different, doesn’t take up much space on your phone, and there is a Story you can post to that everyone will view. It’s so popular that Instagram and Facebook have actually adopted Snapchat-like features in their own platforms. In addition, if you’re a parent who’s concerned about what your child is posting on Snapchat, you can download Auto Forward. This app will allow you to monitor their activity on their smartphone.
There are a lot of people out there who are social media-illiterate. Whether they’re old or just haven’t been keeping up with the times, they may have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to the different kinds of social media platforms that are out there. Without even realizing it, you might be breaking the unspoken rules for posting and interacting with people on social media. Luckily for you, I’m here here to help.
The Unspoken Rules of Snapchat
Don’t Screenshot People’s Posts
One of Snapchat’s features is the ability to screenshot someone’s post. Whether it’s a picture they sent you directly or something on their Story, you can take a screenshot of something that they posted. The problem is that they receive a notification when you take a screenshot, which can make you seem creepy.
Don’t Take Constant Selfies
Everyone has that one friend that posts constant selfies on Snapchat. If you’re lucky (or not), they might even send you one directly. Don’t be this person. Sure, there are times when a selfie is appropriate, like if you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower for the first time. But if you’re not in Paris, you should pass on it.
Do Add Your Friends on Snapchat
Don’t be too shy to add your friends on Snapchat – you’ll be able to send each other snaps and view each other’s Stories. That being said, don’t add someone on Snapchat after just meeting them. Generally, it’s better way to wait a while after meeting someone before you add them on most social media platforms. Auto Forward can help you keep track of who your child is adding on Snapchat. It’s the best way to ensure they’re not talking to strangers.
Don’t Send What You Post on Your Story to People
Direct snaps should really only be reserved for a few people. It’s annoying when someone sends the same photo they’ve posted in their Story as a direct snap. If someone wants to view your Story, they will. They don’t need to have an extra copy of your photo or video in their inbox, too.
Don’t Post a Picture of Every Meal You Eat
Unless you’re a food blogger, avoid posting a photo of every single meal. This another one of the most annoying things about Snapchat. When your friends catch on that you post a photo or video every time you get a chicken salad, they may stop viewing your Story. You also protect your privacy when you don’t share what restaurant you’re currently at. Monitoring your child’s smartphone with Auto Forward will let you know if they’re revealing any details about their current location.
Snapchat has changed the way people use social media. Plus, it brought a bit of the “direct message” feature back into it, which has helped photo and video messages replace simple text messages. While Snapchat a great way to stay in touch with friends, it can be abused, which is why you should follow these simple guidelines.