Snapchat, the photo texting application that came to the app store last September has quickly become a phenomenon and a top application among the younger generation of smartphone users. But is it here to stay or is it just a fad? For those who don’t know, Snapchat allows the user to send photo texts to friends that appear on the recipients screen for up to 10 seconds and then disappears forever. Critics quickly jumped on Snapchat at its onset, noticing that it promoted sexting or the sending of nude photos under the belief that the pictures couldn’t be sent to anyone else or even kept. While this is obviously not the primary function of Snapchat, it has also served in that function, drawing criticism but also helpful publicity creating the craze for Snapchat that exists today.
Regardless of why people are using Snapchat, users love it, and its userbase is growing daily. I just downloaded it myself and it definitely is more fun than sending normal texts. It compiles who your best friends are, determined by who you snap with the most and keeps track of your HISCORE, which is the total number of snapchats you’ve sent. While Snapchat is a lot of fun, I just wonder what the future of Snapchat will be. Will it become the future of texting, or will it remain in its current role as a fun app for those who want it? Or will it disappear altogether as a passing craze?
I personally can’t see it overtaking text all together because there are always going to be times when you’re not going to want to/can’t take a picture of yourself. Like if you’re in class or a work environment, or you just woke up and you have bedhead. Those times where you still need an effective way to communicate will always make texting relevant. But will phone companies just phase out Snapchat by releasing their own picture based texting? Snapchat hasn’t exactly created a product that can’t be replicated. I imagine Apple, Samsung, and Google will either buy Snapchat or just release an alternative that comes preloaded into normal texting. What do you guys think of Snapchat? Would you consider downloading it if you haven’t already and what do you see as its future? Thanks for reading!