Snapchat Isn’t Just for Sexting

It seems Snapchat, and shortly Facebook Poke, are primarily being used by generation Y. I have no statistics on this, but it seems to be “what the kids are up to” these days. And amongst my friends, it’s certainly been popular for a few months.

But here’s the thing. It isn’t for sexting. When people who aren’t using Snapchat talk about the app, it’s just a convenient way for horny teenagers to sext without ramifications. These people are wrong and something much bigger is happening. Something that motivated Mark Zuckerberg to clone Snapchat without any attempt to hide his intentions. Dustin Curtis already did a great job explaining this part of the story. In short, the simplicity of Snapchat- a self-destructing photo and with a limited-length caption, forces people to communicate via the actual photo. No comments, liking, or following. Just pictures, which are inherently much more human than any “like” will ever be.

Snapchat isn’t about sexting. It’s about using technology to communicate with people in a more personable way.

5 thoughts on “Snapchat Isn’t Just for Sexting

  1. I understand why Snapchat wants to avoid that “stigma”. They are basically one senator away from demanding Apple to take it down, or worse – passing a law against it.

    If I were them I’d be working on an Android app ASAP, at least to mitigate the first disaster – being banned from Apple’s app store for being a “porn app”. Of course Android wouldn’t help it with the 2nd disaster, but that is a lot less likely to occur anytime soon.

  2. I think you’re wrong. The reason Poke is getting its ass kicked after its initial launch is because people don’t trust sexting data with Facebook. No one should. Their data is not encrypted and they actively censor user content.

    Snapchat is just for sexting. Ask people who use it.

    • Do we know anything about how Snapchat is storing its data?

      And I don’t need to ask. That’s the point. I can’t be sure for everyone, but amongst myself, friends, and colleagues, Snapchat is popular but not for sexting.

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