Why do you really use Snapchat…no the real reason

Ryan Hoover, Director, Product at PlayHaven. Find me at ryanhoover.me.

Snapchat is blowing up but it’s not because of the sexting (although this has certainly helped with marketing).  It may look like a toy but underneath the buzz is a beautifully designed app for personally connecting with friends. Here’s how:It’s PersonalWhen you share a photo on Instagram, you’re broadcasting to the world. When you share a photo or video on Snapchat, you’re sharing a moment with chosen friends. This is a much more personal experience.Strong Social Engagement Loop

Snapchat’s social engagement loop is not unlike text messaging. When a photo/video is shared, the recipient(s) receives a push notification, bringing them back to the app with an implicit call-to-action to reply… and the loop continues.

As with text messaging, the loop (cycle time) is fast, increasing the momentum and number of shared moments. Relatively speaking, Instagram’s loop is slooowww.


Snapchat is the fastest way to share a moment.

Snapchat is very intentionally designed to be as frictionless as possible. When you open the app, the camera is instantly activated and with a single tap, you’re snapping a pic. You don’t even need to dig through menus to take a video – simply hold the record button.

Reducing Inhibitions

Combined with its low-friction UX, Snapchat reduces mental barriers. Not everything deserves permanents and whether users recognize this or not, permanents introduces friction when creating and sharing content.

Before sharing something on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. we often ask ourselves, “Is this good enough? What will people think of me?” Everything on Snapchat is temporary and exists for only a moment in time, reducing inhibition to share.

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