Snapchat has been my favorite form of social media since I first downloaded it a few years ago. In a way, it is the perfect outlet for our generation. Narcissism is celebrated, and the photos are saved in Snapchat’s database disappear and can never be seen again. Granted, there are some reasons to raise eyebrows at the app (for one, there’s the whole, ‘giving kids false hope that their internet trail will never be found’ thing…). Still, it allows us to post annoying pictures without the commitment of Instagram! You can never break the ‘two posts in one day’ rule on Snapchat – the more the better. Can you scribble poorly drawn penises on your friend’s faces when they aren’t paying attention on Instagram? I didn’t think so.
Snapchat has been in the media a lot recently, especially after their public rejection of Facebook’s $3 billion dollar offer. Some call it business smarts, others called it hubris; nonetheless, it has forced them to continuously innovate new features. Thus: the geographic snap stories. This feature, my personal favorite aspect of Snapchat, allows us to get a glimpse of fun and crazy stuff happening all over the world. This is the first time ever that we can see what the celebrities, partiers, and revelers are seeing all over the world. From the very comfort of our couch, we can experience carnival in Brazil, the red carpet at the Oscars, or TGIF in Sweden.
More importantly, we can see what the heck is happening around Brown, thanks to the ‘Campus Story’ feature. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been furiously trying to post whatever you can to get on. That’s because the Brown Campus Story is run through a very strict system, and each photo/video posted must meet set guidelines. Ok, I’m just speculating here, but we’ve made a list of things that will definitely get you increase your chances of getting on the Brown SnapStory.
1. Dancing is key. If you’re not dancing, you’re doing it wrong.
2. If your SnapStory isn’t relevant or interesting to a greater part of the campus, chances are, you won’t get on.
3. Complain about the weather. Yes, it’s raining/sleeting/snowing/all around terrible outside! When you look at the Campus Story, you should be reminded of that!
4. Broaden your scope. Address the campus. A snap that is funny won’t get posted unless you add a caption that makes it look like you actually care about everyone else on campus.
5. Exploit cute animals for social media gains. Cute puppies = airtime. It’s a fact of life. A cute puppy and Snapchat go together like peanut butter and jelly.
6. If your snap is over 5 seconds (unless it’s a video), that’s too much. Keep it to around 2-3 seconds.
Our list has been compiled after thorough scientific research, and though we can’t make any guarantees, chances are, you’ll get on the Campus Story if you follow our guidelines.