The once oh so popular SnapChat has become an awkward, walking-photo-taking selfie mess. As we enter this adult-world, one must remember to precede with caution using that cute little white ghost app.Here are a few tips for you new working folk or you grad school folk.
1. Don’t SnapChat at work.
If anyone walks around the corner when you’re taking that selfie, pure awkwardness will most definitely follow. If it is your boss/supervisor/manager that walk by right when you tap that capture icon, not only will awkwardness ensue, but a possibly reprimanding or questioning may come along with it. Another thing with Snapping at work depends on the type of work you are handling. If it’s a product or document that is private or shouldn’t been seen by the general public, don’t risk taking a photo of your lovely “working” self and accidentally capture that sensitive object/paper in with yourself. Your boss will definitely have a speech for you.
2. Stop with the selfies.
Unless it is an EPIC selfie, don’t take one. I mean, seriously, we are mid-twenties and mini adults now. Exceptions can include a selfie with The President, a selfie with Jared Leto, a selfie with a cat that’s also looking at the camera, or a funny selfie like you pretending keep the Tower of Pisa standing with your hand. Other than that, cut. it. out.
3. Absolutely no duck faces allowed under any circumstances.
First of all, the duck face is far different from a kissing face. Duck face = pursed lips that are also somehow sticking out. Kissing face = lips scrunched together (preferably with a hand sticking out of your chin to signify blowing kisses). See the difference, people? Plus a duck face just looks like bad Botox, which you should be getting at our age, or looks like an attempt to be Kim Kardashian, which you should also never desire to attempt.
4. Don’t Snap photos of alcohol.
No one wants to see your trashy self at the bar holding up two drink cups and many more on the table in front of you; that needs to be left back in undergrad. Your fellow twenty-something-year-old friends don’t want to be reminded they can’t afford alcohol anymore or they themselves are currently inebriated and can’t even open the SnapChat you sent…they think a little white ghost is after them. So, unless it’s wine (which is always classy and acceptable) or free alcohol being distributed somewhere your friends can run to, then no alcohol Snaps. Which by the way, if free alcohol is happening, Snap everyone and Facebook it because you’ll become super popular within seconds. You’re welcome for that tidbit.
5. Don’t Snap a photo you wouldn’t want someone taking a screenshot of.
We all know that awkward and dreadful feeling when we see one of our SnapChat recipients has taken a screenshot. “Um, what did I send them again?” or “Oops, did I send that to the wrong person?” or just plain “Well, that’s awkward.” So keep that in mind that the SnapChat gods have created the ability to take screenshots in their updated version. Oh, it’s all too real.
6. Lastly, don’t type a long message and put the stupid photo on a 3-second reel.
We all have friends that do that (I include myself here). Don’t write a book on your Snaps. The 1-3-second options are for photos that you want to show to people but don’t really want them to get a good look at…which probably means you shouldn’t send it. You’ll only get a confused-look Snap back from your friend telling you to send it again. Cue the head shakes. And if you write a story for them, they focus on the words and completely miss the actual photo, which leads them to even more confusion. It’s a lose-lose at this point.
But, you can also ignore me completely and do all of these things. Don’t blame me though if you get in trouble at work, get confused and bored Snaps back from people, or when everyone just stops opening your SnapChats all together. That’s just embarrassing.