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The Dos and Don'ts of Snapchat

Nachelle MarshallBy Nachelle Marshall
News Services Marketing and Communications Assistant

As college students, one of our primary information sources is Snapchat. We can find out what is going on around campus, what friends are hanging out and much more – all from Snapchat. With Snapchat, you can send a quick photo or video, and it disappears in a certain amount of time. If you post to your story, the image or video disappears in 24 hours. Snapchat is so easy to use that even my mom has an account. However, there are times and places where Snapchat shouldn’t be used. Don’t worry. I am here (thats me to the right) to help you figure it out.

Below are some unspoken DOs and DON'TS of Snapchat:

DO: Create a Snapchat if you want to be like the rest of your peers. By the way, did you know 77 percent of college students use Snapchat?


Bulldog DO: Add your school on snapchat @ferrisstateu (OK. I know … shameless plug!).
Have fun DO: HAVE FUN!
Concert DON’T: Go to a concert and add the WHOLE concert to your story.
Personal DON’T: Get too personal on your story. No one wants to know your secrets. People are on Snapchat for entertainment, not sadness.
text DON'T: Have full conversations over Snapchat. This is why texting was invented people.
screen capture DON’T: Screenshot someone's photo without permission.
send your story DON’T: Send what you post on your story to people. It’s just RUDE!
snap streaks DO: Start snap streaks with all of your closest friends.
dogs DO: Snapchat dogs, cats, any animal you can imagine.

The simple key to Snapchat is HAVE FUN. Don’t overthink your posts too much.

Well, that’s all I have for you for now.

DO follow me for Snaps of my dogs: @nachelle_leslie

Nachelle Marshall is a student writer for News Services and Social Media in University Advancement and Marketing.