SnapChat, the "sexting app," has reached the point in an app's life where it is too popular for you not to know about. The photo-sharing app—yes, first things first, this is another picture taking cellphone thing—saw four times more photos on Thanksgiving than Instagram, which had its biggest day ever that day with over 10 million photos. It's also number-three in the free downloads section of the Apple app store and debuted on Android earlier this week. SnapChat, to be sure, has arrived. But maybe you missed it because the demographic skews younger? In that case, we're here to help with a handy guide for noobs (and boobs).
How is this photo-sharing app different than all those other photo sharing apps?
Unlike Instagram, which shows a stream of photos from a group of friends that you follow, SnapChat works more like text messaging, but only to people who also have the app. Once a picture gets snapped, then it gets chatted—get it? Oh, and pre-chatting snappers can use that little pencil icon in the top-right at over there to draw or write on photos. It also has a timing component, in that the photo only exists for a set amount of time from one to 10 seconds, as you can see to the right. Once recipients open their chats, they can only view it for that amount of time. Seeing a photo requires pressing and holding down the new snap, as you can see below. Once the time runs out, then the photo disappears... forever.