To the 310 million monthly active Snapchat users, many of whom are in their teens and early 20s: Sorry, but old people are about to crash your party. And that is exactly why the app is exploding in use, even recently overtaking Twitter in terms of daily users.
(I’m not even 40, and I’m one of them.) To the hip kids who have grown up with the four-year-old short video sharing app: It is with regrets that admittedly I may even incorrectly explain some of how this service—with its myriad of odd features—works. A social network where people share photos and short videos for just 24 hours, Snapchat is the answer to the Internet’s problem of never forgetting.
However you tweak it, once you take a photo or video, the app shows your work, and new options pop into the frame.
At the top right, you’ll see a sticker icon, which yields a bunch of emoji-like graphics you can use to gussy up your image. If you’re not in love with the default sans serif font in a gray bar across your photos, tap the text icon again, and you get more options.
(You can also swipe left one more time for the “Discover” screen, which displays stories by media entities like ESPN, CNN, and People, also a Time Inc.