9 — Actually, 10 — People Who Should Have Just Used Snapchat
It’s important to remember that what you text, tweet, or post on any forum or website is essentially “out there” forever.
This of course is what makes services like Snapchat, the ephemeral video, photo, and text service, so attractive to those who value private indiscretion. You can send a text, photo, or video to anyone else on Snapchat and, after a few seconds, the message is gone forever.
Think of it as the dry-erase board of messaging, where texts and social media are more of a permanent marker.
If only the folks below had used a dry-erase marker! We’ve compiled a group of pour souls who probably would have opted for something a little less permanent for their communications if they could do it again.
So here they are: the nine people who wish they had used Snapchat:
1. We start, of course, with the Should-Have-Used-Snapchat poster child, former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. What more is there to say about Weiner’s now-famous Twitter/underwear/dirty talk kerfuffle?
The congressman from New York will please rise.
The House member got in trouble after a photo of his, uh, House member went out to his tens of thousands of Twitter followers. He had meant to send the photo as a private direct message. This is something that does not happen on Snapchat, as everything is a private direct message.
(Or, instead of Snapchat, maybe just try not even snapping photos of your eponymous appendages.)
2. Instagram Direct is the photo sharing app’s private group messaging feature. It lets you send photos directly to other people on Instagram, without displaying them to all of your followers. Unlike on Snapchat, where you don’t know who else has received a photo, everyone you send a photo to on Instagram Direct can see the other recipients, just like on an email chain.
Unfortunately, not everyone understands the full ins and outs of how it works. For example: This guy (below) probably didn’t know all his girlfriends would be able to see one another attached to this message.
Hey, buddy, Snapchat is much more sneaky. Use that next time.
3. You may think marijuana laws are a joke, but do you know who doesn’t? The cops.