While scrolling though tweets looking for something to blog about I came across Randi’s tweet about an article she found on Zite. In the article it talks about the very popular app called Snapchat. Like many of you I know that Snapchat is a very popular app among middle schoolers, high schoolers, and college students. I just didn’t know how popular it was until i did some research. According to Businessinsider.com Snapchat is the number 1 downloaded photo app by U.S. iPhone users.(shown in the chart below)
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The app was so popular at in December Snapchat has a reportedly 30 million users and by April it had jumped to 70 million users. This means that the app is pulling in an average of 10 million new users a month. And that’s not all, according to Wikipedia users are sending roughly 700 million photos and videos daily and Snapchat stories were being viewed 500 million times daily. With the mass amount of photos going around on this app users on Snapchat were told that when they used this app their photos would disappear after the 1-10 seconds of your choosing. Well this is not entirely true.
According to WCVB a Boston based news channel Snapchat is not as private as it claims to be. In the article Snapchat isn’t Private. Period. a website called 4chan.org claims to have hacked into one of the third party photo saving apps(SaveSnap, SnapBox, and SnapSpy); The website is said to of stolen 100,000 images. The stolen photos have yet to be published but are said to be this weekend. On top of the photos being stolen many of them are of child pornography. Because this is such a popular app with 13-17 year olds this causes a problem because they are underage. Because users believe that the pictures they are sending on Snapchat disappear forever after the time expires they are more likely to send risky pictures they would normally not send through text. This brings in another issue of the screen shot feature on phones.
As many iPhone users know by holding down the lock button on the top of the phone and the home button on the front of the phone, you can take a screen shot of what ever is on your screen at the moment. This comes into play in Snapchap because receivers of a Snapchat can save the photo and post it where ever they want. Making it easy to capture a picture that was sent to you privately and post it to the whole world.
I have screen shotted pictures that my friends send me but not to cause harm. For example when I went on vacation my sister sent this.
Then there is this type of screen shot, but in my group of friends if you send a picture like this you are risking a screen shot.
This is a perfect example of thinking before sending. In todays age of technology there are a few questions you should ask yourself before sending something:
- Do I want everyone to see this?
- Who will see this?
- Can I trust who I am sending this to?