Social media has been remarkably influential nowadays and has embedded itself into our daily lives as well. From posting flicks to watching videos to communicating and sharing posts on multiple social media platforms, people from all age groups have crowded to the internet in large numbers and continue doing so. It has given people an opportunity to raise their voices over issues and share their opinions worldwide. This rise tends to increase in the future in newer and better ways as well as new social media platforms get added to the existing list.
There are many popular social media portals such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. But one of the most influential social media applications which are very famous among teenagers is Snapchat often called Snap by its users. It is a mobile application for Android and iOS devices. It is a famous messaging app that lets users swap videos, pictures, and messages that vanish after they are viewed.
What is Snapchat?
Snapchat is a multimedia application that runs on iOS and Android smartphones and devices. It permits the users to send photos and videos, called ‘Snaps’ to friends which disappear after they’ve been viewed. This portal also offers the chat option to users, like other platforms such as Whatsapp but the main difference is that Snaps and chats disappear after being opened. Also, it gives users a complimentary option of changing the settings so that chats vanish in 24 hours after viewing instead or users can also delete and save conversations and snaps just by a single tap. One of the most interesting features available on this platform is that users can set a limit or loop infinitely on their snaps. Several publications also utilize this app by spreading particular content, like short reports and image-centric stories. Also, it is a superior way of keeping a track of all the latest and contemporary news peculiarly linked to the entertainment field.
How does Snapchat work?
The first basic step to use Snapchat is signing up to the application by filling in the email address and birth date. After this, one needs a handle name as Snapchat goes by a handle. Nowadays, snap chatters have started using silly handle names to make it even more interesting.
After signing up, Snapchat gives users an option to add friends in which a person can upload or search contacts using usernames. Also, Snapchat offers a feature that automatically suggests people add from users’ phone contact lists. Another incredible feature this portal gives users is to add somebody, users can take pictures of their ‘Snapcode’, which is a special QR code assigned to each user. After adding people on Snapchat, the most usual way of communicating is sending a photo or a video (Snap). To click a snap, tap once on the big camera circle on the screen, and to make a video snap, long press on the big circle and set the settings to loop infinitely or timer accordingly given on the top side of the screen. It also has various features of adding flash and music to the photos and videos given on the top right of the screen.
One of the most fascinating points that teenagers are influenced by using Snapchat are the photo editing tools and the filters to enhance and decorate the images. Also, Snapchat provides group texting and group stories that everyone in the group can pitch in to.
Public Profile on Snapchat
Snapchat appears persistent to stay admissible and its new inclusion of traits implicit that it just might work. Among these new traits is the facility to form a public profile. A public profile is one that permits users to exhibit their talent and share pictures, videos, or any other content with a larger audience on the portal. A person with a public profile on Snapchat is capable of connecting with fans and is easily discoverable in the app. The basic eligibility to create a public profile that is tier 1 is issued that a person must be a consistent user with an account that is at most a few months old. And to get a public profile that is tier 2 which comes with analytics and insights for the content, a person will require to have at least 5000 Subscribers and apply to Snapchat’s program using a Google form available on their website.
Depending on the region, Snapchat has leveled up to basic public profiles to everyone. This upgrade is being posted in batches across several countries. To create a public profile, a person has to either first go public with the present profile to make a tier1 public profile for the account thereafter.
How to create a public profile on Snapchat?
- Login to Snapchat and click on the profile icon in the top left corner of the screen. Then tap on the Settings icon on the top right corner.
- Now, scroll down to the ‘Who Can..’ portion and change the settings to everyone in each section.
- Then, below the ‘Spotlight’ option click on the ‘Create Public Profile’ option and tap on the get started button after this.
- After this, hit the ‘Create’ option from the confirmation banner. The banner will display the name shown on all snaps posted to Spotlights and Snapmap. The lens will also appear on the public profile.
- The ‘My Public Profile’ option will display all the stories and spotlight tabs. Also, it gives an edit option just below the name so that a person can add details that are to be included in the public profile.
Benefits of a Public Profile on Snapchat
Snapchat provides various types of public profiles, generally used to alter between several tiers of creators. Almost every profile has an approval procedure that needs to submit requests but making the basic public profile is entirely free and a new feature for all Snapchat users. Some of the advantages of changing a basic profile to a public profile are:
- Publicizing on content included to Snap Map and Public Stories
- A subscribe button for the audience
- Highlights section
- Person’s name will be viewable on all Snaps posted publicly
- The person’s lenses will also be made public which will include all the favorites as well as the creations.
A Snapchat public profile is actually a new grab on the current account that permits the user to post content in a unique way. The public profile will be an entirely new portion with its own privacy settings, stories, and highlights. This portal can then be used by users to encourage and nurture their talent, create some captivating content, and more.