Picture Yourself Using Social Media, Pt. 2: Snapchat

In the first part of this series, I offered an overview of the photo-sharing social media app Instagram, and shared ways you might find it useful. Now, I’ll take a look at another wildly popular app, Snapchat, which also lets you share photos but has a few really unique twists.

Full confession: when I first used Snapchat a few years ago, I didn’t get it at all. That came as no surprise—of its 50 million-plus daily users, nearly eighty percent are between the ages of 17 and 34. It’s a hip, anything-goes social media app that our kids and grandkids, fully vested owners of the fast-paced digital age, use for sharing quick, mostly irreverent details of their daily lives.

Lo and behold, the more I used it—and the more my younger nieces and nephews told me about it—the more I found myself enjoying it. And apparently I wasn’t alone: Snapchat’s base of users over age 35 grew by 84% last year! It turns out to be yet another great way to keep in touch with younger members of the family, and with those demographics changing, maybe even a few older ones, too.

So what is Snapchat, and why would you want to try it? Well, in a word, fun. It’s a photo and video-sharing app designed for creating and sending quick, entertaining images (photos or videos called “snaps”) as messages to friends or family.  The images then disappear completely within one to ten seconds after a recipient looks at it.

It’s made for quick, good-natured communication. You can doctor up your photos with doodles, smiley faces, or a host of silly, ever-changing filters. My teenage nephews love to surprise me with snaps where they’ve added things like antlers or elaborate mustaches to their faces—and boy, do they get a kick out of having Aunt Susan send one back in return!

Using Snapchat is simple and fairly intuitive. After you’ve downloaded it to your smartphone (it’s available for both Android and iPhone) you take, edit, and send all your photos and videos right from the app. You simply swipe left or right across the screen to add filters, special effects, or a short caption, if you wish. Hit send, and your message is off.

You limit who can see your snaps by sending them to private screen names—so only a select group of friends share your spontaneous and silly moments. You also set how long the image stays available for viewing, and once that time is up, it disappears forever.

Snapchat is frivolous, dynamic, and very, very amusing. If you love to laugh, and make others do the same, you’ll quickly find it addictive. And boy, will the youngsters in your family be surprised when they find out you’ve jumped aboard! In fact, when they do, you can snap a photo of their surprised reaction—and share it on Snapchat!

28 Thoughts on "Picture Yourself Using Social Media, Pt. 2: Snapchat"

  1. Virginia Fields says

    Need to know why my bill keeps going up – my usage hasn’t changed.

    reply to Virginia

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Virginia. With our automatic upgrade program, your plan will automatically be adjusted to cover additional usage. You do need to change it back to the original plan if you don’t want the additional minutes or data. This is probably why your invoice has changed. You can change your plan back at any time, and we’re happy to help you do it over the phone at 888-345-5509. You can also do this with our app or in the My Account section of our site. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  2. John David Tolar says

    I am now an AARP member. Will this be noted in my profile and will I be eligible for any discounts?

    reply to John

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That’s great to hear, John! Now you can get your special discounts every month. Please give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to update your account accordingly. We appreciate you taking the time to comment, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  3. Tom Miesmer says

    Do you have any international options for when I travel, or should I just leave my phone at home?

    reply to Tom

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Tom. Our service is designed to work only within the United States, so we would recommend keeping your phone in Airplane mode if you are traveling internationally. If you have access to Wi-Fi, you can still use many of your apps, like Skype or Google Hangouts, to stay connected with family and friends. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have about using your phone when traveling at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting!

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  4. Philip J Johnston Jr says

    Why is my phone showing no service? I need to know now my billing shows that my next billing date is 9- 21

    reply to Philip

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for letting us know, Phillip. I took a look at your account, and I’m so glad to see that Chase, our account advisor, was able to help you resolve this issue. If this issue happens again, we recommend turning your phone off, then back on again. This will allow it to connect to a nearby tower, providing you with a strong signal. We appreciate you reaching out to us, and we hope you have a great day!

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  5. Ed Sickafus says

    I’m an ARP member. I have phone account with AT&T that I want to drop. I have a Samsung Galazy SIII smart phone. How do I get the proper SiM card for moving to Consumer Cellular?

    reply to Ed

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      It’s easy to do, Ed! You can find our SIM cards at your local Target store, and you’ll just choose the option for phones used previously with AT&T. You can also order one on our website here, or we can get one on the way to you if you call us at 888-345-5509. All you’ll need to do is activate your new SIM card, then insert it in your phone. It’s that simple. We appreciate you taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

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  6. Ron Lancey says

    Hello. I see you’ll soon be carrying the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. My wife and I would prefer to buy the iPhone 6 Plus. Can you tell us when you’ll be getting more of the iPhone 6 Plus? Please let me know.
    Thank you.

    reply to Ron

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Ron! At this time, we only have what is currently shown on our site. We’re happy to talk with you about the options available at 888-345-5509. Together, we’re sure we can find the perfect iPhone for your needs. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out today!

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  7. Mark says

    Hi. If I purchase an iPhone 7 at your Target retail location will I be able to take advantage of the 24 month payment plan, or is that only available through your website?

    reply to Mark

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Mark. You can absolutely take advantage of our EasyPay program at your local Target store. They will help you through the process and even activate your new iPhone for you, all in one visit. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about our interest-free payment plans at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to post!

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      • Mark says

        I visited my local Target (Portland, OR) to inquire about upgrading to the iPhone 7 but was told that phone was not available through Target retail yet. Can you please let me know when the iPhone 7 will be available through Target?
        Thank you.

        reply to Mark

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          We appreciate you asking, Mark. You can view our Store Locator here that lists the devices available at your local Target store. Please keep in mind that iPhone supply is limited, but we will do our best to keep our site updated as more are made available to us. You can also call us at 888-345-5509 and we can update you over the phone. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  8. Gilbert Lee Adams says

    How do I turn on my camera flash on my Motorola Moto E LTE?

    reply to Gilbert

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      I’m happy to help you with that, Gilbert! You’ll want to open your Camera app, then swipe from left to right across the screen. This will give you a full menu of different settings to adjust. We also have a helpful How-To video here that will walk you through the camera feature. If you run into any issues, we can also help you at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting today!

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  9. Susan says

    Just want to say I LOVE Consumer Cellular. They have been exceptionally kind to me and my elderly mom since after her head injury she is very confused. The service is great, the connections are great (especially where I live up in the N. GA mountains). Keep up the great work Consumer Cellular. Susan

    reply to Susan

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, Susan! We really love hearing feedback like yours, and I’ve passed your kind words on to our team. Have a wonderful day!

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  10. Dale Walker says

    My son lives with me and prior to moving in with me he purchased a Boost ZTE Speed. Is it possible to add him to my account and use his phone since he is now a member of my household?

    reply to Dale

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      You can absolutely add him to your account! If he wants to keep the phone he has, just make sure it is an unlocked, GSM phone. Those work best with our free SIM cards. You can learn more about our SIM cards here and even order one if you like. He will also want to make sure that he keeps his previous account open until the number transfer is complete. We’re happy to walk you through the process over the phone at 888-345-5509, or you can add a line easily in the My Account section of our site. Best of all, you’ll all save by sharing minutes, texts and data, and all calls made to phones on the same account are free! Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  11. Gail Jensby says

    I don’t know how to set up my voice mail and would appreciate any help. I have an iPhone 5.

    reply to Gail

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      I can help you with that, Gail! You’ll want to open the Phone app, then press and hold the “1” key. That will connect you with our voicemail system, and from there you’ll just need to follow the prompts to create your passcode and access the voicemail box. We even have a helpful video here to walk you through it! If you run into any issues, we’re happy to help you at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  12. John G. says

    Sending photos within a text. Are they unlimited or against data?

    reply to John

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Good question, John. While sending a photo message does require a small amount of data, this isn’t counted against your data plan. So feel free to send as many as you like! Thanks for taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

      reply to Ashley

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