If you’re like me, you probably only really use Snapchat to get your daily dose of Brett Eldredge’s “bedhead jams.” (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and add the chiseled, hilarious, blue-eyed country star for a daily pick-me-up. You won’t regret it.)
But journalists, broadcasters, bloggers and collective social media users alike are flocking to Snapchat more and more as a storytelling tool … a way to get instant, condensed information or entertainment to their audience in a quick and efficient fashion.
And it’s no surprise that they’re tapping into the medium. Chip Chick reports that teens value the app more than ever (behind Facebook and Instagram). When a survey asked teens which networks they valued most last fall, Snapchat rose to #3 — a 6 percent jump in six months.
Wondering how you can use Snapchat to enhance your storytelling abilities?
Here are 5 Snapchat Hacks for the Storyteller:
1). Make your captions bigger
Sometimes, bigger is better. This is pretty rudimentary, but you can make your captions bigger by tapping the “T” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to enlarge your clever caption.
2). Touchless snapping
You can start recording video in Snapchat by holding your phone’s volume up or down buttons. In the same vein, you can plug in a pair of headphones, mount your phone and use the in-line microphone buttons to snap your little heart away.
3). Add a soundtrack
You can set your masterpiece to music by playing some tunes in the background of your recording from iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, etc.
4). Enlarge emojis
You can also pinch the emoji of your choice to make it bigger and more effective.
5. Quickly change from rear-facing to front-facing camera
A fun way to get a little more creative with your shots!Before or during recording, tap twice on the screen to change from rear-facing to front-facing and back again. The possibilities are endless!
For more great tips and hacks for the app all the hip kids are using, check out this list.