Snapchat – think twice before using

I am amazed by how many people use Snapchat – it was back in August 2013 that I was downloading new apps when I read this post from Adam Mclane that shared the negative aspects of the app. I deleted it straight away and have never used it.

Adam highlights some significant dangers of the app, its false promises and its darker side, this was a convincer for me, which is why I struggle to understand why others would choose to use it. Is it because of a lack of knowledge? Is it because people love to flirt with danger? Do people love sexual ‘picture’ frivolity too much? These may all have an element of truth behind them but there are as many who just do not care. The recent upsurge in my contacts who are using this app have not convinced me to try it – in fact it is a brick wall that is faced when trying to convince them of the dangers inherent in having the app at all.

Perhaps the greatest resonance of concern is with parents of children and teens. Parents are concerned of the wider stories of sexual predators and what this may entail but seemingly less concerned about the insidious slide of decay when we talk of morality and the way we view our bodies.

It may be true that there are plenty of users who use the app in ‘appropriate ways’ but the question then – why the need for supposed anonymity (nothing is truly deleted once posted!) of the app? There are plenty of other alternatives.

If you are a snapchat user, or thinking about it, please think again – it is not all that it is cracked up to be.  This post will disappear within 10 seconds of you reading it! (Oh no it wont – 😉 )

: Flickr back in the photo sharing premier league

Flickr has consistently been a favourite of mine for sharing photographs, well that was until earlier this year. I have reduced my time there and my sharing has been more limited with Instagram taking up more time. This week, the instagram love was knocked as its features with twitter had a few changes in the ecosystem and questions arose regarding its long term viability.
Today something changed, Flickr demonstrated that it was once again getting serious – an iOS app that rocks the mobile world. It is fabulous – sharing, noting, groups, pretty much everything. The yahoo gods have chosen to wake up and invest in the best photo sharing site available (yesteryear) and we have hope that once again, photos sharing will be fun.
The only downside is that there is no android version (an issue for me) but there are promises that one will appear. Meanwhile, I am back to drooling over this new app and looking forward to sharing the Flickr love once more.