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Pointless, yet fun

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05

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Veronica Enríquez / The Prospector

Snapchat is available for both iPhone and Android users.

   You may be browsing through your app store and encounter a yellow icon with a ghost that is sticking it’s tongue at you and you wonder, “What can this app possibly be about?” Well, it’s quite a simple concept.

You take a snap shot of yourself doing something silly, send to a friend and wait for them to reciprocate. That is Snapchat for you in a nutshell.

There is really nothing more to this. Although it sounds completely useless and pointless—and trust me it is—it brings a lot of unexpected laughs that quickly drift away due to the ten-second timer you have once you open your friends’ pictures.

Yes, the Snapchat philosophy is that the value of the snap shot is ephemeral” just like the app itself.

Don’t worry, though, you still have a chance of humiliating your friends on Instagram and the other million social networks out on the market. You quickly take a screenshot of the picture and now you have a replica of what they sent you.

Although the app is barely being discovered, there are already signs of it being used on the streets. It is quite easy to spot Snapchat users – they are usually standing still with their phones pointed to their well-distorted face.

For those who go out in public and think it’s okay to Snapchat your bestie, please don’t. It would be much safer for you to take an unflattering picture of yourself behind closed doors. No one wants to see your best impersonation of Honey Boo Boo or Nicki Minaj.

Whether you think it is utterly stupid or the best app ever, “Snapchat” is something that will quickly fade away just like “Draw Something,” or it will become a different version of the infamous app “Grinder.”

In fact, the app has already gained attention from promiscuous creeps and pedophiles. When you go on the app store and look at the reviews, you’ll see that many people are sharing their screen names for late night booty calls.

If your reason to download the app is to have cybersex, I recommend you don’t download this app. However, if the reason you download it is to be silly and have swift moments of uncontrolled laughter with your friends, then I do recommend this app.

Hence the title of this review, the app has no objective. But if you consider laughter to be a product to this app, then the point to this app is clear.

Alejandro Alba may be reached at prospector@utep.edu.

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