Creating stories.

I have been using #Snapchat for a quite a while now and know about the possibilities that the social media app can offer. I take photographs and screenshots of anything that interests me. After few swipes of the filters, I write down my notes and add my edited content to My Story. Snapchat has truly revolutionized the way we share content and information with each other. I think the app can also be used for professional journalism purposes as well. The latest 'Memory' feature addition in the app is a blessing for journalists like me to edit and share photos with headlines or captions to my followers. The ability to create a slideshow or a 'story' out of the collection of photographs from the camera has really changed the game for me (Please scroll down to watch the SC video).

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The following is the list of the features that I've found useful in using the app:

  • The Export snap.
  • Face-swap.
  • Cloud-based video sharing.
  • Crowd sourcing.
  • Live broadcasting.
  • Adding multi-colored texts to slides.
  • Availability of slides.
  • Zooming while recording.
  • Emojis.
  • Bimoji. 

Export snaps.

Snapchat added this new most-needed feature recently. It allows a user to, as the name suggests, export photos from the camera roll. You browse, you choose  and you export. The coolest thing is that you can even share a particular snap to your Facebook.

The following image shows the latest features added by SC (oh yeah, keep upgrading the software!);

I have already discussed the 'Create story' feature in the introduction bit of the article. Even though I've never used the 'Move To My Eyes Only' feature as yet I think I surely would some time in the future.

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Necessity is the mother of invention. Don't we need Snapchat to add the most-wanted 'swipe back' feature yet? (let's hope Snapchat guys are reading this!). I know you can use it in the Discovery bit of the app. 

Face-swap.

Face-swap is a cool feature in that it allows the user to use someone else's face by focusing the lens on a person or even on a painting (think about wearing the Mona Lisa smile). Why it can be a good tool for journalists? If someone doesn't want to his/her face to be shown on the camera you could either swap the person's face with a 'dog face' slide or use someone else's face. The person who doesn't want to be identified would be able to talk directly to the camera rather that having his/er face blurred or something. The face-recognition tool is simply outstanding in technical evolution terms. 

Content sharing.

Cloud-based content sharing is a feature that can prove extremely vital for any citizen journalist afraid of losing their content. Take the police brutality case in the US or any such affairs around the globe where the persons snapping don't want to lose the important video recording of the shooting or a helicopter being shot down in the middle of war.

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The content is automatically sent in almost real-time-like precision. The user won't have to worry about the police taking away the vital evidence or worry about running out of giga-memory. The speed at which the users (the millennials especially) fill up phone memory with images is astounding (I hope Apple is solving this issue by providing us with a minimum 64 GB iPhone7).  

Going live.

Going live on Snapchat was something that took me a while to find out about. It's the in thing. Everyone is going live. The whole world is alive. Media companies around the world are using this feature on various social platforms by 'going live' from their offices to update their readers about breaking news and/or covering events like the Democratic National Convention. Even celebrities have joined the live band-wagon. I follow Celine Dion on Facebook and I saw her 'going live' just before she took to the stage. Even though the broadcast was ended shortly afterwards I really enjoyed watching the superstar singer preparing for the big entrance.

This is modernity. This is the new-age journalism. Snap away. 

My Story: A SC story using the features:

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