I consider myself fairly progressive when it comes to social media, but I’ll admit that I have struggled to adopt Snapchat. In the beginning, it seemed that it was only a tool for my high school youth ministry kids to send each other pictures of themselves with weird bug eyes or obnoxious captions. So I stayed off because I did’t want to invade their world in that way.
Then, I noticed more and more of my bloggy peers sharing their ghost picture profiles and asking for me to follow along. When I tried, I felt one overwhelming thing: old. It all moved so fast and I couldn’t really understand why I would randomly share minutes of my day (somewhere other than Instagram) and who I would share them with.
So, I enlisted the help of someone I knew to be an expert, The Girl. At thirteen, she uses snapchat as a daily communications tool. She was gracious enough to take the time to show me some tricks and I may even be hooked. It still hasn’t replaced my beloved Instagram, but that little ghost has moved into my preferred folder on my phone’s home screen, so I’m making progress!
The Girl has been asked to be the Teen Social Media Reporter at the Moms+ Social Good Conference this Thursday. It’s a unique opportunity and I couldn’t be more proud of her. She’s always had a little advocate heart, so I can’t wait for her to be in the room with the incredible people the UN and Johnson & Johnson bring together to share about how they are changing the world. I hope she learns as much about being a change-maker as she taught me about being a snapchatter!
I’ll let her tell you what she’s excited about. Heck, maybe you’ll even learn something too. (You’ll for sure learn that the overusing parens apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.)
Then, you’ll have to let me know where I can find you on Snapchat.
Hi! I’m the Girl. I know you guys are all very social media savvy but there seems to be one social media outlet that you may be having trouble with, or at least my mom was *Giggle*. So, I’m here to show you the snapchat basics and let you know about something exciting on Snapchat coming up this week.
Snapchat is a very fun tool. You can communicate on it and follow other people. You can do one of two things on Snapchat. You can send one or more people a *snap* or picture of yourself or something else, something like where you are or what you’re doing. Also, you can add a caption something like “At the beach with the fam!” to tell your recipient what you’re up to.
Or, if you want all your followers to see what you’re up to, you can post it to your “Story”. The process for taking the photo is the same except when you go to post the picture instead of tapping individual people you tap the “My Story” button and all of your followers can see it when they tap on your story.
Something exciting is happening on Snapchat this Thursday. My mom and I (that’s Reinvention Girl to you) are attending the Moms+ Social Good conference and I am going to be taking over their Snapchat account for the day. I’m so excited for this opportunity! I love reporting and using social media and this event allows me to do both, while also helping others and I think that’s great. So many kids across the world do not get enough opportunities to do stuff they love to do,or even figure out what it is they love to do. Moms+ Social Good is trying to change that, and I’m willing to do anything I can to help. Be sure to catch me Thursday on the UN Snapchat takeover.
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