Snapchat? Fun times…What’s it really for?

So Nick Bilton of the NYTimes (and others…) have identified the new app, snapchat as being tempting for sexting. The marketing does seem to favor temptingly topless young women…Any thoughts on other possible uses for snapchat? The idea of a photograph that only exists in the moment has a haunting and fascinating quality…Snapchat art anyone? I want to imagine kids using this for other cool stuff. I searched Twitter Streams to see what the buzz in on the new app, and found this droll tweet:

Funny/sad/sarcastic? Would have to know this young woman more in context to say. If one of my adult women friends said it, I’d think it was pretty funny.

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Dr. Devorah Heitner is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to manage the new stresses of technology on our children. An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner serves as a professional development resource for schools wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. She works directly with parents and families, and is currently writing a handbook for parents, tentatively titled, "Raising Your Digital Native." Dr. Heitner has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and has published and spoken in the field of media studies for the past ten years. She has taught at DePaul University, the Better Boys Foundation, Street Level Youth Media, and Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native, too. Connect with Dr. Heitner on Google+.

2 thoughts on “Snapchat? Fun times…What’s it really for?

  1. Ana Quillinan

    Devorah! You so hit on a hot topic — it’s amazing to have met you in person, THANK YOU! My husband and I happened to talk about this last week and it’s just so silly about the self-destruct – most friends can quickly take a picture of it on most smart phones before it self-destructs, don’t you think?

  2. Karrie

    Possible uses by kids: A game with photos as hints. Receiver of photo has to guess location or context. The limited viewing time makes it harder to study the picture. Could also be a closeup of an object and the other user has to guess what the whole object is.

    I could also see it as a way to dispense scavenger / treasure hunt clues. It would add suspense and excitement to a birthday or youth group activity in which each team has a phone that gets the message simultaneously. Then the message disappears. This would take the old paper list of scavenger items into the 21st Century.

    Thanks for the post. I hadn’t heard of this yet!

    It is interesting that the founders claim this is not about sexting but then site in a techcrunch article that the Weiner debacle was inspiration for the product. Hmmm?


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