Snapchat’s 4 golden rules

Sun.Star Pampanga - - MILLENNIALS! -

me­dia is a mine­field. Keep­ing up with the de­mands of Face­book, In­sta­gram, Twit­ter and LinkedIn can feel like a full-time job in it­self, and then, you’ve still got your ac­tual job and your friends to jug­gle.

So clearly, life was hard enough. And then, Snapchat came along. Ar­guably one of the most ad­dic­tive apps go­ing around, it’s se­ri­ously upped the so­cial me­dia scape (and strength­ened our selfie game).

It’s not hard to lose hours while trapped in a Snapchat fil­ter frenzy or to find your­self el­bow deep in a 100day snap streak. But be­fore you throw your hands up and sur­ren­der to the sweet, siren call of Snapchat, there are a five com­mand­ments you need to school your­self on be­fore you be­come too deep:

1. Thou shalt not overuse fil­ters

I get it, the puppy fil­ter can take the plainest Jane from a two to a 10 quicker than you can say woof, and no amount of il­lu­mi­na­tor will ever leave your cheeks as im­mac­u­lately con­toured as the golden but­ter­flies. But there’s truth to that old say­ing, “You can’t have too much of a good thing.” I’d be ly­ing if I said I didn’t check out the new fil­ters on the reg, but save the banger flower-crown selfies to your cam­era roll and spare your fol­low­ers the spam.

2. Thou shalt not send and post the same snap to your story

Per­haps the most car­di­nal and detri­men­tal sin you can com­mit on Snapchat. If I care about you enough to watch your story, you should care about me enough to send me a cus­tom snap –end of dis­cus­sion.

3. Thou shalt not drink and snap

For­get the reper­cus­sions of drunk tex­ting. Drunk Snapchat­ting is so much more dam­ag­ing to re­la­tion­ships and even more detri­men­tal to your rep­u­ta­tion. Imag­ine wak­ing up af­ter a night of too much drinks to dis­cover you posted a not-so-cool video of you do­ing what­ever. And what’s worse? It’s prob­a­bly al­ready got­ten 50 views. Al­ways snap with a des­ig­nated friend (who hope­fully knows your pass­code) to stop you from post­ing some­thing you’ll re­gret in the morn­ing. Don’t worry; we’ve all been there. Wake up, clean your story, drink some cof­fee and move on with your life.

4. Thou shalt not over­post

Like what I said ear­lier, “You can’t have too much of a good thing.” You never know how peo­ple re­act when you post 5 con­sec­u­tive snaps in a row. What you should keep in mind is that, you should pick and post only the very best and most mem­o­rable mo­ments. Believe it or not, the 12th Snapchat video you just sent isn’t amaz­ing; it’s ob­nox­ious and an­noy­ing. When in doubt, re­mem­ber, if you wouldn’t send it to your crush, don’t put it on your story.

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