Juan P. Munoz
I love Snapchat. Snapchat is, by far, my most favorite social media platform out there. I’m something who really never like the idea of social media, but Snapchat was the exception; and Youtube. Believe it or not, Snapchat was the first social media platform that I’ve incorporated into my daily life. I enjoyed the moderate privacy most other social media platforms lacked in until Snapchat change the entire layout.
I’m not writing this to complain about the change. The change was necessary. I didn’t know then, but as time passed I notice the impact Snapchat was trying to making. I didn’t really enjoy the change at first. Originally, I could send a “snap” to people close to me. Whether the snap was a ten-second story or one snap that a selected few could see, but that was it, “snaps,” were limited to the people close to me. Then the update came out. Snapchat had included more features that allowed me and other users to look at snaps through various public stories Snapchat has posted on the app. Now, not only could I continue doing the same thing I could do before the update, now I can use Snapchat to view other people’s lives. In that, I realized Snapchats intention; to truly connect the world.
Snapchat’s update does something no other social media outlet truly does. Facebook was the first major social media outlet to claim the that its site connects the world. Facebook has over 1.4 billion users. That would make it the 3rd most populated country in the world! Facebook has become an entity in itself but could Snapchat someday pass the giant that is Facebook.
The chart to the left shows the projected U.S growth of Snapchat users in the next 4 years. Snapchat already has a population of over 70 million users in the U.S alone and more than twice as many worldwide. Snapchat has gained attention from the likes of everyone including Facebook, who Snapchat reportedly turned down a multi-billion offer from. Is it time for Facebook to hand over the crown of social media popularity to Snapchat? I mean, Facebook is already looking at Snapchat for ideas, so how long will Facebook’s reign continue, and, will that reign be ended by Snapchat?
The last point I want to make is the social aspect of Snapchat. Snapchat’s found a way to invite people into their lives, and let us see things we might not be able to. Snapchats contribution to the world is its ability to give insight into things, or places, we might not never do, or see. I can now witness history through somebody else, be at events I could never go to, or see someone’s expressions thousands of miles away. Snapchat’s changed my perception in social media’s ability to connect and has become the best representation of a truly connected world.